My mom's Alzheimer's sped up rapidly in 2021. In the beginning of the year she was running and exercising with me while towards the end of the year she was less enthused to be outside. Her attention span went from having very small conversations to now only giving you select words. After she gives you those select words, she then goes back to the conversations she has with the imaginary people in her head. She is 62 years old but she is a little girl mentally.
Towards the end of 2021, one of my aunts gifted my mom 2 baby dolls.
My mom's reaction and interactions with the dolls are the same reactions a toddler has with them. She talks and plays with the dolls as if they were really alive.
I record my mom's behavior frequently as she goes through the phases of this terrible disease. I put together this montage below which shows her best moments of last year. These videos keep me upbeat with this situation. Watching them reminds me that she is still alive and a blessing. Her memory is getting worse each and every day but her soul is still vibrant. She still has her personality and sassiness. She still has her sense of humor and sharp mindset.
2021 taught me a lot of things, the biggest being patience and understanding. I hope after watching this video you begin to enjoy life a little bit more. I hope after watching this video you begin to have more patience and understanding for your loved ones. Life is our best teacher. I share these experiences with the hopes that someone going through something similar no longer feels alone.
We are all struggling with life behind closed doors. We are all figuring out this new world that we live in. It's ok to not know all the answers. You do not have to know all of your next steps. The blessings are in the moment. The more you cherish what you have the better your heart and soul will feel...