A Donors Story

Those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease come from every walk of life, every age and nationality: there seems to be no preference. My admiration for them and their families grows every day and I have spent the last third of my life attempting to bring to light the plight of these people.

Husbands, wives, extended family and even good friends visit them, take them for walks, to concerts, and home if able while never losing their patience or composure. Nurses often attempt to lessen their load, and encourage visitors to come less frequently or stay for shorter periods of time. They encourage spouses to join clubs or catch up with their friends. 

Fortunately, much of that advice falls on deaf ears and friends and family continually visit and support their loved ones. It brings to mind one such man that visited his wife every day to help her with lunch. The nurse in charge of the ward ensured him she would see that his wife was fed, and that his efforts were lost since his wife didn’t recognize him anymore.  He replied that it is probably true; however, “I still remember her and I love her.”

Stories like this one encourage me to help build and develop facilities, trained staff, and public knowledge to ensure that this group of people affected by dementia is not forgotten. The new Atrium is an example of how the general public can help non-profit organizations provide more complete care and it is projects like this one that give me hope for the future of a world that is more compassionate and caring towards people with dementia and their families.

 

Evelyn Buckley

Rachel Antony