I walk… because like so many other caregivers, I have been through the agony of watching a loved one face Alzheimer’s and lose the battle. We, who have been through this, have seen the changes that take place and feel disheartened because there is nothing we can do except take care of their needs. We feel there is nothing else we can do to help.
But there is something else we can do. We can support the Alzheimer’s Association in many ways, and Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of them. I was so busy taking care of Jack while he was going through this disease, that I didn’t have time to consider what I could do to help. Now that he is gone from me, I do have the time – and I intend to be active in the Alzheimer’s Association. This is a new phase of my life, and I have a lot to learn about the Association and where I can be of help.
A little about Jack. He was a man to be proud of. He retired from Mid Valley Title and Escrow in Chico, where he was the President for approximately forty years. His charge included three offices: one in Chico, one in Paradise and the third in Oroville. He was also on the Board of Directors at other Title Companies in Northern California. He was well thought of in his business and personal life. He piloted small planes and was a former president of the Hillsliders Snowmobile Club in Butte Meadows, California. He was a very active man.
As we became concerned about his mental health, we took many trips to see doctors. We, hoped to determine that this was something we could heal. I worked hard to find something to heal him and, of course, it was to no avail. This was difficult to face – that this is not a disease that is curable, at least not at this point. The Alzheimer’s Association is working hard towards a cure, and this is why I walk. To do anything I can to help end Alzheimer’s.
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