Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month: The sadness of seeing her suffer

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month: The sadness of seeing her suffer

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and No Bags To Check is going purple with a series dedicated to this important cause and the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day event on June 21st. This guest post is by Beth Prystowsky.

No one every said the word Alzheimer’s about my Grandma Lene.  But, I knew she had it.

First she would seem confused when I came over regularly after work.

Then the assisted living facility she was living in (down the street from me) said she was getting lost and no longer fit to live there.

She was moved to a much stricter home.  There they had codes to get in the elevator and to open doors.

I did not enjoy going there.

She didn’t know who I was.  Sometimes her eyes would light up when we would mention the street she lived on for many years in Evanston or one of her kid’s names.

It was awful to watch such a dynamic, smart, creative, mother of four to be treated like a child.

I know she was frustrated by her confinement.

I would rather remember the days sleeping over in her cozy apartment.  We always walked to the library, counting our steps and playing other games that I play with my kids today.

On the way home, we would stop and get an ice cream cone always the same, vanilla soft serve.  I inevitably made a mess and we would have to gallop home for bath time, which was also made special as she applied her fancy Ponds cream afterwards.

Then we spent hours reading books never even considering turning on the TV.

My grandma was simple.  I have so many lovely memories.  I wish they didn’t end with the sadness of seeing her suffer.

Beth Prystowsky is "here to take the isolation out of parenting, especially stay at home parenting" with her blog Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom. As she puts it she's "trying to raise children with a sense of calm in a chaotic world." Beth is also a certified yoga teacher and all around inspiring woman- I should know, I recently interviewed her. Follow her stories of parenting, yoga, and much, much more on Facebook and  @upsdownsyogamom on Twitter.

To support the Alzheimer's Association, the world's leading organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research, and The Longest Day event, click here. If you'd like to donate to my personal page for The Longest Day (thanks!!!), click here. Your support matters.

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