In most cases, people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s are not diagnosed until later stages. When it’s too late. When their memory has already failed them. When the signs and symptoms are clearly obvious. And they can no longer live independently.
Over the past five months, my dad’s decline is fast. He’s rapidly deteriorating. He doesn’t recall how to put on his shoes, know how to shave, or do activities of daily living. Therefore, he’s in hospice to receive more attention and care.
Today, I’m grateful that I traveled out of state to visit my dad this summer. I am thankful for our long talks, him sharing his stories of being in the Korean war, and discovering that my dad wrote beautiful poems as a young man. In my 50+ years of life, these heart to heart discussions were the most meaningful conversations my father has had with me.
The most amazing moment was when he suddenly recognized me. During a brilliant minute of lucidity, my dad recalled who I was. Just watching his expression and how his face lit up with joy when he remembered me will forever be treasured for the rest of my life.
Those who have family battling dementia or Alzheimer’s understand how difficult it is. This holiday season, I pray that God can sustain you as well as your loved one who suffers from this brain disease. May the Lord comfort each of you. ❤
“Surely God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” Psalm 54:4 (BSB)