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Carol's Alzheimer's Journey

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A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, INSIDE and OUT

When my Aunt Carol died in 2011 in the late stages of Alzheimer's, my memories of her were fond ones. She'd been my staunch supporter and encourager for as long as I could remember. Carol Clark became a presence in my life when I was a toddler, when she and Uncle Don were courting. Her gentle voice and kindly manner are among my earliest memories. Carol loved me and I sensed that instinctively, as children often do.

Every time she laughed or smiled, deep dimples formed at both sides of her mouth. Those dimples fascinated me. I wanted to touch them with my little fingers and feel them deepen when she smiled. Carol's dimples were as much a part of her as her kindness.

Uncle Don was one of the heroes in my early years and Carol soon became his female complement. She introduced me to classical music, taught by example what it meant to be a lady, and brightened my young world with humor and love. She carried kindness and compassion like an aura around her. No wonder Uncle Don loved her from the moment they met! She'd always been beautiful inside and out, and even the ravages of Alzheimer's couldn't change the person she was.

Carol often expressed the belief that she and Don lead a charmed life, and that "somebody up there" watched over them. Because of that conviction, her life path was one of harmony and generosity. She and Don lived by the words of that old song: "You gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative and don't mess with Mr. In Between."

I'm sharing her story here because it's one of hope and joy.

All photos are from family archives.

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DANCING -- A SHARED JOY

Weren't they just the cutest couple? I love this picture of Carol and Don, taken at a dance. A great part of their courtship in the 1940s consisted of dancing. Carol lived in Topeka KS then and Don was a student at Kansas State University in Manhattan. He'd enlisted in the Air Force and was waiting for his military assignment when this picture was taken. Whenever time, finances, and transportation allowed, Don and Carol danced to Big Band Music at the Meadowlands Ballroom in Topeka.

They made a great team, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of their generation. Dancing was a joy they shared for decades and Don made sure that tradition didn't die when Carol had Alzheimer's. They laughed and danced together every day to Big Band music, even on the day Carol died. I can't imagine a happier conclusion to Carol's life than sharing that one last dance with her sweetheart.

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Romantic slow dances, swing, humor and jive got the free world through WW 2. Music worth hearing & dancing to.

 
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Here the best of the best here, tunes danced to by our parents and grandparents.

 
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MARRIED AT LAST!!

After World War 2, Don returned to his K-State studies and focused on marrying Carol. They'd been preparing for this day since Don was a senior in high school and Carol a junior. For several years, they'd shared their thoughts, feelings, and philosophies through letters and long talks. Soon all their hopes and dreams would become reality, together, side by side.

She planned for them to marry the same day Don graduated college, and when Carol put her mind to anything you could count on the outcome. While Don kept his nose to the college grindstone, Carol worked and saved money to start their new life as husband and wife. She created a trousseau, filled her hope chest with niceties for their first apartment, and dreamed of the day she'd become Mrs. Don Ford.

Two soulmates married in June of 1948. Following the wedding reception, they raced from Topeka to Manhattan so Don could graduate. Then, after a two-day honeymoon in Kansas City, they settled into an apartment near campus and began a marriage that lasted more than sixty years. Carol said it best: "We're gonna be one hell of a team!!"

Time passes, life changes

Don got his first two degrees at K-State then moved to Penn State to work towards his PhD. The mountains of central Pennsylvania were quite a change from the plains of Kansas but the young family thrived in their new home. First Don became a full professor, then a Dean, and through it all they worked as a team to accomplish their goals. As their strong bond grew as a couple, they added four sons to their family.

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A HAPPY VALLEY FAMILY

Happy Valley is the nickname given to State College PA by its inhabitants. Don and Carol loved their life in Happy Valley. Both had struggled and pinched pennies for years while Don worked towards his PhD. Carol typed theses to earn extra money while Don enhanced their income through every opportunity that presented itself. By the time this family picture was taken, their penny pinching days were over.

After years of working in the Division of Counseling, Don was appointed Dean of the new College of Human Development at Penn State. Carol was proud, of course, but also pleased that Don's new position allowed the freedom to pursue some of her own interests. She'd always been creative, and dreamed of learning how to paint visions of Mother Nature -- the mountains, streams, forests and flowers she loved. And traveling had always been a dream of Carol's. Now it would be possible for Don to make his sweetheart's dreams of visiting exotic climes a reality.

The picture is Don and Carol surrounded by their sons: Russell behind Don; twins -- Doug behind Carol and Martin kneeling in front of her; youngest Cameron on Carol's lap.

Passing Years

The years passed, dispensing joys and sorrows. Carol planned two new homes and established her own craft shop where she sold beautiful creations and oil paintings to support many charities around State College.

Carol's mother and aunt died of Alzheimer's, a worry Carol contemplated as she aged. Their sons married and added grandchildren to the family. Don made sure that all of Carol's travel dreams came true. And always, they faced life as a well-matched team.

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Still Dancing

Their joy at dancing together still radiated from them at the turn of the 21st century as it did in the 1940s. The troubling symptoms of early Alzheimer's had begun to appear but nothing could dampen Carol's spirits when she had a chance to dress up and dance the New Year in with Don.

In Don and Carol's world, Alzheimer's was just another problem they had to face together. They would choose a medication regimen, plan for unexpected developments, and live each day as they always had -- as a team. Don was determined that, no matter what, Carol's life would be as pleasant and meaningful as possible.

She loved to dance so they would continue to dance together whenever possible.

She loved music so listening to all her favorite music would be part of every day.

She loved old movies, especially musicals, so watching movies would be a frequent pleasure.

She loved to reminisce so looking through old picture albums and rereading old letters together became a daily activity.

Everything and everyone Carol loved became a part of her daily life with Alzheimer's.

A Person, Not a Patient

Don believed that humans should be treated like whole persons, not impaired patients.

He knew that hidden inside Carol were the shy little girl who loved music and dance, the radiant young woman who played piano and loved old movies, the talented painter of Mother Nature's beauty, the devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

He had to devise a way to reprise those memories.

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Still Smiling

Alzheimer's had been gradually progressing for seven years when Don received a great honor in September 2007 and Penn State dedicated The Donald H. Ford Building. Carol had always been a gracious hostess and not even Alzheimer's would change that. Her speech had become garbled and she tired easily, but she played the proud hostess like a champ that day. She greeted attendees with her familiar, radiant smile, shook hands, gave and received hugs, and beamed her pride throughout a long, tiring day.

The picture here was taken that day in front of the Donald H. Ford Building. Just look at Carol's face, with her signature dimples deepened by a happy smile. Her joy is almost palpable.

The Final Separation

Don and Carol had been separated during World War 2 and vowed to never be apart that long again.

August 2011 became their final separation. That day had been like any other as they followed their normal routine. Don and Carol laughed and danced to Big Band music before lunch.

After lunch was Carol's nap time but on this day she didn't wake up. She passed peacefully while sleeping. Her warming presence and happy smiles had gone beyond her sweetheart's reach.

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Carol's Story

After Carol's death, Don wanted to share her history and the Alzheimer's care model used to bring joy and pleasure to her life. How to fit those pieces together was a puzzle that had no immediate answers.

To pass time, he reread old letters he and Carol had exchanged and sorted through boxes stored in closets throughout the house. He found a focus for Carol's story in cards and letters, and from a source he hadn't expected. Throughout their life together, they had solved all problems and set all goals by talking things out until they reached a satisfactory solution. One night, Don spoke his frustration into the dark, asking Carol's opinion about his plan to write a book that might help others dealing with physical and mental impairments. He asked if she thought writing a book about their experience would be a good idea. Her answer came as clear as if she were still in the bed next to him: "You bet your boots, Buster!!"

Carol's journey towards Alzheimer's began the day she was born, buried deep in the DNA of her maternal line. Every joy, sorrow, struggle, accomplishment and gift that made Carol the person she was also defined her daily life with Alzheimer's. Don used his knowledge of Carol's history to create a model of elder care that would add moments of joy and meaning to her life. He believes that simply warehousing a person and keeping them safe is not enough. This book is written in an effort to share his elder care guidelines and philosophy while telling Carol's story.

A LINK TO CAROL'S JOURNEY WEBSITE - Information, advice, questions & answers

Here, Carol's husband and others provide information about elder care and Alzheimer's in a blog format. Readers can share questions or concerns and receive answers or advice.

Alzheimer's Statistics

(courtesy www.alz.org)

Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

More than five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's.

In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.

In 2013, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.

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buy Kindle or hard copy of Carol's Alzheimers Journey here

Carol's Alzheimers Journey
Carol's Alzheimers Journey

A woman's life memorialized in the Alzheimer's home care plan created by her husband.

 

 Last updated on January 9, 2014

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anonymous 15 months ago

Hey Lolly...you did great on this site. I am going to send the link to my friends so they can appreciate what a great story this is. The love and caring shown to each other is so sweet. Makes me jealous to not have known that myself.


russellford 15 months ago

Hey Laurel, you are perfect in capturing my folks great love story. We are lucky to be a part of that story, and I hope others will find Carol and Don's story as well inspirational as we do.


anonymous 15 months ago

Laurel, thank you so much for so beautifully painting with words your cherished memories of Don and Carol. Those who touch our lives in such a meaningful way, especially during childhood, hold a special place in our hearts. I will enjoy sharing your reflections with friends and family.


anonymous 15 months ago

You are a great story teller. This one brought both smiles and tears, and gives the gift of hope to help readers who face Alzheimer's Disease.


anonymous 15 months ago

This is a wonderful example of the type of care every person with dementia deserves: person-centered and backed up by a strong theoretical basis.


anonymous 15 months ago

This story is a touching example of how care can and should be provided to people with dementia. As a home care nurse for many years, I have never seen such an example of supportive care that kept the "likes" of the person alive through her diminishing cognitive capacity. A great love story with a great message.


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lollyj lm 15 months ago from Washington KS Hub Author

Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. I appreciate the visits, likes, and comments.


anonymous 15 months ago

Laurel, your story brought tears to my eyes as it so perfectly captured Don and Carols life long love affair. I was blessed to call them my aunt and uncle. As a hospice nursewith many years experience this book provides an answer to the care all patients with Alzheimers should/must receive


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chrisbrock lm 14 months ago

Thanks so much for the information.


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Virginia Allain 14 months ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

You have a wonderful way of telling your family stories. I found this page quite touching and informative. A very nice tribute to your aunt.


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Virginia Allain 14 months ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

You have a wonderful way of telling your family stories. I found this page quite touching and informative. A very nice tribute to your aunt.


stevie10772 14 months ago

Your ability to tell family stories, both familiar and newly discovered, is unmatched in talent. Your voice in the telling is like fresh air and gives a broad understanding that shares familiarity with broadly scoped comprehension at the same time. As always, I always love reading your tales and always will.


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TreasuresBrenda 14 months ago from Canada Level 4 Commenter

What a lovely tribute to your aunt. She sounds like a lovely woman that we would have all liked to meet.


anonymous 13 months ago

Lolly, You are right this wonderful store of a lifetime filled with love and devotion offers comfort to anyone facing involvement in such a life changing situation. You have a beautiful gift with words and feelings. Love you my friend. Can't wait to get this book.


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OhMe 9 months ago from Pendleton, SC Level 6 Commenter

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimers in the early 70's at 56 yrs of age. At that time there was very little written about it. I think it is wonderful that your uncle wrote this book and it is a great tribute to your Aunt Carol as is this page. Thank you for sharing.


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lollyj lm 9 months ago from Washington KS Hub Author

OH, I'm so happy!! My aunt's lens just won a Purple Star Award. Somewhere, she's smiling, still encouraging me.


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Lady Lorelei 9 months ago from Canada Level 6 Commenter

What a wonderful love story. I know it is about Alzheimers as well but what mostly shines through here is the love. You did a wonderful job on this. It is very deserving its purple star.


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Virginia Allain 9 months ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

I remember when I first read this. Carol's story is a touching one and you told it well.


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Merrci 9 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

it's lovely to hear of the before life of a loved one with Alzheimer's. At my mom's facility I so often wish I knew more of their pasts. Most of them have had full and wonderful lives. Thanks for sharing this.


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RoadMonkey 9 months ago Level 4 Commenter

What a great story and such an inspiration for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's.


jannbabes 9 months ago

Very nice story,Alzheimers patient is not easy to tackle by the member of the family.it really needs alot of attention, love , and caring.


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Mikarazgriz LM 9 months ago

Such a lovely, moving story... The power of the determination of people really amazes me sometimes.


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gottaloveit2 9 months ago Level 4 Commenter

What a fantastic choice for lens of the day. Carol and Don's journey so closely mirrored my parents that it was astonishing (no Alzheimer's in our story but a love affair that lasted 65 years and started in Kansas!). Very well written.


anonymous 9 months ago

touching story.. thanks for sharing


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RazzbarryBreeze 9 months ago

What a beautiful story and such a tribute to this lady! Thanks for sharing with us. I especially enjoyed the photos. Have a great day!


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Stuwaha 9 months ago

Beautifully written. I love that it is about your aunt as a person as well as affection, caring and perseverance rather than focusing on Alzheimer's destroying a life. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is all about perspective.


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mommyplus3kids 9 months ago

What a beautiful and inspiring story. Thanks for sharing this great lens. I myself have loss many family members to this sad condition. I hope that 2014 brings the cure to this and many other sickness.


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Merrci 9 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

Congrats on LotD! Well deserved.


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jfield 9 months ago

What a lovely story of hope, love and steadfastness. Thank you for sharing it.


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Erin Mellor 9 months ago from Europe Level 3 Commenter

So many of my parents generation are now having to figure out ways to live with Alzheimers, this sounds like a positive approach.


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Flora Crew 9 months ago

Nice lens. Sounds like Don and Carol were a good team.


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CampingmanNW 9 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Thank you for sharing an oft kept silent story. The tragedy of Alzheimer's. It affects not only the person individually, but all others surrounding that person. Don and Carol's story was very touching and again, I thank you for sharing.


tonyleather 9 months ago

A truly moving and deeply touching lens. Well deserving of the LOTD accolade. Thank you!


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trevorjb1406 9 months ago Level 3 Commenter

A very touching story and very well written. It is a terrible decease and we can only hope that one day they will find a way of curing it. I have seen it in my family and I pray that it passes me by!


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delia-delia 9 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! What a great heartwarming story about your Aunt. Her long life of happiness with Don and the frustrations of Alzheimer's is something I can relate to in my husband's side of the family.

The fact she went peacefully in her nap must be a comfort for Don.

Thank you for sharing your love for your aunt Carol here in this story.


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ChristyZ 9 months ago from Ontario, Canada Level 1 Commenter

A beautiful love story which was beautifully written!


Ruthi 9 months ago

Your telling of Carol's story is as beautiful as the woman herself. We should all be so lucky as to have lived our every breath of life with such joy and compassion. Don has done a wondrous thing in sharing his wife's dance through life and Alzheimer's and I know I and many others will find benefit by the reading of Carols Alzheimers Journey. Thank you for sharing your family tresure.


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ComfortsOfHome 9 months ago

Oh, you made me tear up with this lovely story. My own darling little mother-in-law passed away from Alzheimers a few years ago, and I still miss her. Even when her memory and her contact with reality began to fade, and the perseveration started, she was a joy to be around and never let her frustration make her short-tempered with others. Carol sounds like an equally lovely woman.


The_Kelster 9 months ago

This was such a sweet lens. You wrote the story so beautifully as well; thanks for sharing this :)


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eilval 9 months ago from Western Cape , South Africa Level 1 Commenter

A touching story written from the heart - thanks for sharing . Congrats on LOTD


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lollyj lm 9 months ago from Washington KS Hub Author

OH what a wonderful blessing to have my aunt's lens awarded Lens of the Day. Thank you so much to those responsible. I'm thrilled!!


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Titia 9 months ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands Level 1 Commenter

Congrats on a well deserved LOTD, a true love story. Your uncle Don was a lucky man, that Carol kept being a sweet old lady in her Alzheimer. My sister's second husband became very violent in the end, to a point that it was life threatening to her to keep him home any longer.


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hbruhn 9 months ago

A truly moving and touching story. Thank you for sharing, and congrats on the LOTD - you deserve it!


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ElaineMarlowe LM 9 months ago

Thank you so much for such a beautiful story. So much can be overcome by the human spirit unfortunately Alzheimers is a very real problem. Not only does it take our loved ones but it can be heartbreaking to see them become less then the person they were. Thank you for sharing.


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esmonaco 9 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

A beautiful story, and pictures, you have done your aunt a great justice with this story. She has to be smiling upon this and surley proud of you. Congratulations on LOTD!!


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cmadden 9 months ago

Charmed, and charming. This story of your aunt's and uncle's life together before and through her Alzheimer's is both sad and inspiring. Congratulations on winning Lens of the Day; they most certainly got it right this time.


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Pat Broker 9 months ago from Templeton, CA

Nice story of a charming couple. Congratulations on the great lens!


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Deborah Swain 9 months ago from Rome, Italy

Congratulations on LOTD...a moving tribute.


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Heather426 9 months ago from Amarillo, Texas Level 1 Commenter

nice to see you today and congrats on a beautiful lens!!!


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evelynsaenz1 9 months ago from Royalton Level 1 Commenter

I had an aunt who died of Alzheimer's as well. It is difficult to see a loved one become confused and disoriented. Because he knew her so well and because he loved her so much your uncle seems to have found ways to reach her, a very difficult thing to do as the disease progresses. What a wonderful tribute to an extraordinary couple.


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Mellithorpe 9 months ago

Congratulations on LOTD. Such a sad but beautiful story. Your uncle was amazing to keep making her life as normal as possible with them together. I'm caring for my 2nd mom now who has Alzheimer's and it is heartbreaking to see those we love get lost in their own memories.


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GrammieOlivia 9 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

One word "BEAUTIFUL!" What a lovely inspiring and devoted life! Both of them are wonderful!


Justinpraveen 9 months ago

very beautiful story. it reminds me of my grandparents.


AnuradhaM 9 months ago

What a lovely couple!! What a story... Like a fairytale....


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CNelson01 9 months ago from California

I am caretaker for my best friend, life partner and wife as she has Alzheimer's. It is sad beyond words but God is good and she is happy...I can't ask for more than that. Thanks for sharing this story. It's important to remember the person before Alzheimer's.


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favored 9 months ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

How sweet a story and a beautiful lady. Thank you for sharing some of her journey with us and the web site. I checked it out.


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Dressage Husband 9 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

This disease robs the person of their memories, but fortunately not all of the personality. It is extremely hard to deal with and the caregivers are a God send. Well done on the LOTD and a very moving story that will help others deal with this if their loved ones succumb.


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LoriBeninger 9 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area Level 1 Commenter

Your lens is lovely, the story moving. What a wonderful tribute to a woman who was so obviously a great part of your life. Congratulations on winning LotD, too.


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ItayaLightbourne 9 months ago from Topeka, KS Level 2 Commenter

What a beautiful legacy your Aunt left behind. I love how her husband was by her side through it all. Thank you for sharing her story. My Grandmother didn't have this kind of experience when she had Alzheimer's.


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JennAshton 9 months ago from Canada

This is amazing, thank you for sharing - we're living through this right now with my mother in law.


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lollyj lm 9 months ago from Washington KS Hub Author

@evelynsaenz1: Evelyn -- I tried to go to your page and thank you for visiting this lens, but some kind of glitch prevented my post. Thanks!!


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MJ Martin 9 months ago from Washington State Level 4 Commenter

An outstanding tribute to love everlasting! What a life affirming story on how to carry on though life, no matter what happens. A great website and journey for your Uncle, sharing her life. Congratulations on LOTD


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ElsieNew 9 months ago

Thank you for that wonderful story. It ended so beautifully. It proves that a positive attitude is so very important to one's wellbeing.


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MarySellsTipton 9 months ago

My grandmother passed just before Christmas and she too had Alzheimer's. Thank you for sharing this!


anonymous 9 months ago

This is a great story. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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Valerie Bloom 9 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA

This is a touching and inspiring tribute. Thank you for writing it.


PriyabrataSingh 9 months ago

Really a heart touching tribute. Thanks for penning it in. Many congratulation on getting Lens Of The Day.


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rattie lm 9 months ago

Congratulations! Such a lovely tribute to your aunt too. I've recently started publishing short stories on Amazon, and my very first one centres around a lady with Alzheimer's, and how her husband deals with it in order to make the rest of her life beautiful. You can't write lenses like yours, or stories such as mine without crying, can you?


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SteveKaye 9 months ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 4 Commenter

Thank you for publishing this touching story and the amazing statistics.


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hmommers 9 months ago

What a sweet, heartwarming story. Thank you!


anonymous 9 months ago

A lovely lovely story and no matter how much time goes by she will always be in your memories and in your hearts too.


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takkhisa 9 months ago Level 5 Commenter

This is a beautiful tribute! I loved this lens and Congrats on LotD :)


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JoanieMRuppel54 9 months ago from Keller, Texas Level 3 Commenter

This story is beautifully written and flows like honey. Thank you for blessing us with this story of hope, love, and passion for life.


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Gypzeerose 9 months ago Level 4 Commenter

It is rare that I read something that is so touching, so poignant. You have touched me in so many ways with this lens. I am inspired to "be a lady" like your aunt, and to somehow get back to social dancing. I bookmarked this to several sites - including pinning it to my board " Squidoo Lenses Worth Blessing." ( Our wings were clipped, but we can still give blessings!)


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GimperBee LM 9 months ago

Your aunt is a lovely, feisty who had lived life to the fullest. The way you told of her story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for this inspirational story. :)


lizbirdsall9 9 months ago

A lovely story.a so beautiful life.


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Chocolatealchemy 9 months ago from London, United Kingdom

What a beautiful Lens - and a lovely way to share your memories of Carol, a real celebration of her life. I loved reading your story.


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AnonymousC831 9 months ago from Kentucky Level 3 Commenter

Beautiful lens.


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NicoleRM 9 months ago

Wonderful story, she reminds me of my mom. Thank you for your lens


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OhMe 5 weeks ago from Pendleton, SC Level 6 Commenter

This is so beautifully written and a wonderful tribute to Carol. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimers at the age of 56. Very little was known about it then.


squeegie 5 weeks ago

Our national government is seeking to help caregivers for Alzheimer patients to develop an approach they call "Person Centered Care". Carol's care created such a strategy for her built on knowledge of all the kinds of activities that brought pleasure to her life beginning with her childhood. The College of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University it building an R&D program to make her living systems approach broadly available.


tuttml@san.rr.com 3 weeks ago

This beautiful and informative book was written by a health scholar and educator sharing his and his wife's genuine story. Under Don's loving care and attention, his wife's story is told and her lifelong interests and joys are center stage. I knew Carol her entire life: we were born next door to each other. After Carol moved from the area, we reconnected in high school . College years brought us into the same sorority; and the acquaintance of Don Ford. They were a beautiful couple, and an inspiration to all who knew them. It is so like Carol that she wanted Don to write this book, and was the spirit behind him doing so, to help others suffering from the disease. Their love story is so moving and Don's narrative is so insightful, that I believe it would make a powerful movie.

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