Sisters with Alzheimer's Remember Each Other

Sister's Remember Each Other

A Precious Moment when Sister's Remember Each Other.
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Definition of Alzheimer's Disease

Definition of Alzheimer's Disease According to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America:

The definition of Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.

Uncle Bill's Funeral

I am so grateful for being part of a large family. There is nothing more wonderful than relatives~they remind you who you are and where you came from.~their the people you go through life's ups and downs with. They know things about you that even long-time friends might not know. Having a family is what life is all about. I know the older I've become, the more I realize how I need them in my life and how much they mean to me.

This past weekend I attended my Uncle Bill's funeral. He was eighty-five years old and in great shape. He and aunt Franny have always been active people who loved the outdoors.He was recently diagnosed with melanoma and underwent radiation treatment. The doctor's gave him a clean bill of health but soon he was having back and hip pain. Unfortunately the doctor's had bad news. The cancer had come back with a vengeance and was spreading rapidly. He was told he had only days left to live. A man of deep faith and love of family, he took the news courageously.




10 Signs of Alzheimer's

10 Signs of Alzheimer's Disease according to RM Healthy:

  1. Memory Loss
  2. Employment Problems
  3. Daily Life Confusion (everyday tasks)
  4. Visual Issues
  5. Fine Motor Skills
  6. Trouble Speaking
  7. Losing Items
  8. Poor Judgement
  9. Emotional or Moody
  10. Decreased Activities

Love is a Powerful Thing

The funeral for my uncle was a wonderful celebration of his life. What a family reunion it was. There was lots of hugging, picture taking, and catching up on each other's lives. I know this is exactly what Uncle Bill would have wanted.

The day was full of amazing moments but one stands out above the rest. It was a scene I will never forget. My Aunt Franny (Uncle Bill's wife) and her sister Muggs are battling Alzheimer's. We reminded them that they were sister's. They looked at each other for a moment and then remembered. Aunt Franny said, "Your my sister," and Aunt Muggs replied, "your mine too." Franny then confidently proclaimed, "well what do you know about that." After this touching scene, Franny began pushing her sister around in her wheelchair. She wore a look of pride and joy on her face that was priceless.

*This moving experience is a reminder to us all that nothing can come between the sacred bond of love*



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© 2013 Linda Rogers

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a wonderful story of love. I had tears in my eyes with this one. My best friend is 52 and has Alzheimer's. It is sad to watch him fade but still I am blessed to be able to spend his last few years with him. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

blessings and love,

bill


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh this is such a wonderful story, a real tear jerker. Definitely a moment for the memory book.

Thank you for sharing


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Thank you for sharing such a lovely story here of sisterly love. Love is a beautiful thing. My mother had dementia too, but towards the end, she was so clear in her mind, as if it was a gift from the Lord God to all of us.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Billy~How sad that your young friend has Alzheimer's. I am hearing that it is starting to hit people younger and younger. It makes you wonder what it is in our environment that is hurting our memories. I am glad Bill that you are spending precious time with him, even if the memories are fading. Does he remember you at this point? God bless you for being there for him. It was so bittersweet seeing both my aunties with this disease and not knowing any of us nieces and nephews but it was an honor to spend time with them.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Rosemay. It was one of those priceless moments that you'll never forget. Although it's painful to see the two with this disease, seeing them recognize each other was so touching. They relished in each other once they remembered.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Faith Reaper~what a gift indeed that God gave her clarity before she passed away. He blessed your mom and her family. It is such a difficult disease as we watch those we love lose their memories. God blessed us that day letting us see the sister's remember and relish each other. It was one of those sacred moments I will never forget.


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justom 3 years ago from 41042

What an uplifting (and at the same time depressing) hub. We all have to deal with life stuff and sometimes it's just overwhelming. Hope all's well with you girls, I haven't been on here much so sorry if I've missed some of your hubs. Peace!! Tom


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Thank you for sharing this tender story of your two sweet aunts, Linda. That was a priceless moment to be there when they remembered each other - if only for a short time. Alzheimers is a cruel disease and I look forward to the time when science uncovers its cause (s) and its cure. May that happen soon!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tom~awesome to see you. I haven't been on for awhile either as I've been busy on another site because I need the money. I miss everyone and it felt great to write this hub and see all my friends again. Yes, life can be a drag, especially as age rears it's ugly head and does things to our bodies and minds. It was such a powerful day but sis and I came home completely exhausted Emotionally. It's weird that my two aunts are the only matriarch's and patriarch's left. Now my generation of kids in the family is the new older generation. Yikes. time sneaks on by :-0


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi drbj and thanks so much for reading my story. I felt it was really important to share this touching story of my two auntie's. As I told Tom, there the last of the aunts and uncles and their spouses. Now my generation will become the matriarch's and patriarch's. YIKES! Where does the time go. I really appreciate that you came by and left such a heartfelt message. I too hope they will find a cure for this darn disease.


scriber1 3 years ago

Priceless, indeed................


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you kindly scriber1-appreciate you coming by and reading this touching story.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend thanks for sharing this very beautiful and touching story with us.

Vote up and more !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Tom-I love my aunts so much and this experience made the pain of the memory loss a little easier to deal with. Bless you for coming by.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was so beautiful! The picture of the two sisters remembering each other is precious. Thank you Linda for sharing a part of your life. Cancer and Alzheimer disease has touched my family, hopefully a cure is coming soon. Smiles....


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Ruby. My aunt's were the stars/celebrities of the day. All the nieces, nephew and other family were all standing there taking tons of pictures of them. They are the last of that generation of matriarch's and patriarch's. Although their both dealing with Alzheimer's, they knew they are very loved by their family. Isn't it hard to have these diseases in a family? we also have both cancer and Alzheimer's.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

So sorry to hear about the passing of your Uncle. What a beautiful moment between the sisters. It brought tears to me eyes! Glad to see you here and hope all is well with you.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a wonderfully touching hub, Linda. I'm sorry that you lost your uncle and that the two ladies have Alzheimer's disease, but it sounds like the funeral was a great expression of love. The fact that the ladies recognized that they are sisters is so beautiful.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi catgypsy~Uncle Bill will be very missed but I know he's in heaven with many of his family members. Isn't that story of my aunt's so sweet? So glad you came by to read how love overcame this disease.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the kind words Alicia~isn't it just beautiful how the sister's remembered each other. It was one of those touching moments in life that none of us will forget. I really appreciate you coming by.


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Healing Touch 3 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

This was a beautiful hub depicting a beautiful bond of love. It was a special thing to witness.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi sis~I will never forget that touching moment when Our aunt's remembered they were sisters. I just had to hub about such a beautiful thing. BTW~it's so good to see you back on HubPages. You've been very missed here.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

How sweet and touching a story. I remember when my dad had Alzheimer's, it was an experience that taught the whole family about remembering the good things of life.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I really like your positive spin on what you learned from this disease. It's frightening how this disease is increasing in numbers.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

Family will always be there for you, no matter what. Thanks for sharing your story.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you for reading it-It's funny, I just had a dream last night that I was lost from my family and when I found them, told them they were everything to me. Good to see you :-)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh Linda.. I come from a big family too. I lost my mom in 2011.. I lost my sister in 2003.. I have 3 sisters and 3 brothers left and my dad.. mu dad has 6 months to live.. this is heart breaking.. but like you said thank God we have each other.. i know some people that its only them.. and they are so alone.. that would kill me..

blessings to you.. I have missed you and I am so sorry I haven't been around.. kind of took time off

Blessings

Sharing

Debbie


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Debbie~it's great to see you my friend. I was gone for awhile too and it's great to get back in the saddle and reconnect with my hub family. I have now lost: my mother, my father, my brother, and like I said in my hub, there are only two matriarch's left on my dad's side. The silver lining is that I have learned to love well because I have lost so much and at such a young age. God Bless you for coming by and making my day brighter.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Oh MT what a beautiful story! It goes to show you that the power of love pushes back the blockages of any disease to allow people to share the love that they still have for one another! It is sad to know that they have this horrible illness, but what a beautiful and inspirational story of family love! This is even more precious since the world seems to be such a cold and cynical place at times, this was so refreshing! Thank you for sharing!

Voted up + shared!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much for the kind words my friend. It was really hard for all of us nieces and nephews to see our aunties with this disease but we made the best of it. They are alive and well other than the memories and we celebrated them. They had an absolute blast being the celebrities of the clan. We got tons of amazing photo's with them. Family is everything and we just have to hold on to all the great memories.


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

What a touching story and what a wonderful family you have.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I am so sorry for your loss! This is a wonderful story about a brave family


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Linda, This is a beautiful story. So sorry for your loss though.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Dim for taking time out to read my story.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks you so much Audrey. Family is everything to me.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Susan~thank you for coming by. Uncle Bill had a nice long life which makes it easier for all of us. Hope all is well my friend.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Linda,

I can see your Uncle Bill smiling from heaven when his wife and her sister recognized each other. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and tender memory with us.

Voted up +++


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much Sue for your kind words on my hub. I know it was really hard on uncle Bill that his wife had alzheimer's. Maybe this was God's way of taking care of him so he didn't have to watch her disease progress. Have a great Sunday-it's gorgeous in Minnesota today.


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

What a lovely image. Two sisters recognising each other and picking up where they left off. That must have been a magical moment. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

It was so tender. Once they remembered each other they didn't want to be anywhere but with their sister. Thanks so much for coming by and reading my story.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Absolutely amazing - to remember one's sister in spite of Alzheimer's :) I so agree with you about family and their meaning in our life. Best wishes to you, Minnetonka Twin!


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much Martie-Family is everything aren't they? What a beautiful sight it was to see my aunt's remember each other. Got goose bumps and teary eyes. Wonderful to see you-hope all is well my friend.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I would have paid to have seen such a loving thing, that is what movies should be about. Lambservant had a story about her grandma I think it was with a twin sister that lived together and it was such a sad tale for such sweet sisters. One had fallen in another room and the other couldn't hear. Such sad and tender loving things to tell about. Thank you so much for sharing this. Up and sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Jackie-It was a precious sight when the two sister's remembered each other. We were all moved by the sight. Such a sad story about the twin sisters.


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word55 3 years ago from Chicago

Wonderful hub. Good reminder that we must constantly check on our elders. Let them know that they are loved and greatly appreciated, give them some humor. Voted up!


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK

My father in law is in the final stages of dementia/Alzheimer's and those odd moments of recognition are wonderful moments to be treasured. Having been called every name under the sun it was in deed a nice moment when he suddenly, briefly called me by my name. His son has been referred to by each of his father's brothers names and it always feels wonderful when suddenly out of the blue he calls his son by name and asks him about something they used to do together.

This is a lovely hub capturing a moment so precious. Voted up beautiful, etc, etc, etc.


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loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

awww...you made my eyes wet, this is truly a touching story.


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

Short and sweet hub about love, it really conquers all, even Alzheimer's... Really, I can't say anything more to this. It's beyond description. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you dearly words. Our elders are our legacy and should be honored and taken care of, as they did us. Bless you for coming by :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Leni and thanks for sharing how this disease has affected you and your family. I am glad you can take those moments he's remembered you and held them close to your heart. It's such a sad, painful disease. I really appreciate you coming by and reading about my sweet aunts.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww right back, loveofnight. It was such a touching moment. The two of them would not leave each other after they remembered they were sisters. My cousin went to wheel her mom into the bathroom and aunt Frannie not only followed, but insisted she take the wheel of her sisters wheelchair. My cousin just kept a close eye on her driving. LOL Thanks so much for coming by and reading my story.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi 'idigwebsites'. I know, love is everything we have on this earth. So glad you were touched by the story of my aunties. Blessings and thanks for following me today :-)


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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia

my grandfather was diagnosed with dementia when I was a teenager and I remember the pain of his blank unknowing stare when he looked at me, and when it came time to say goodbye to him on his deathbed I was to frightened to go.

having been the apple of his eye all my life I told myself i couldn't face being the stranger that I had become to him.

it is to this day my biggest regret, in those final moments I was told he asked for me... his granddaughter and my fear had kept me away from being able to hold his hand one last time and tell him how much I loved him

love is indeed a powerful thing, for years he hadn't known me but when his time came he remembered that love that had been ours.

this story of these two women touched my heart immensely and I thank you for sharing it


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Your comment brought me to tears. I think I now understand the poem I just read from you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story with me. Love is indeed a powerful thing. What a gift your grandfather gave you at the end of his life by remembering his 'oh so special' granddaughter. I pray that you find peace and healing with your decision not to see him at the end. He understands why you chose this. He knew it was because you loved him so deeply. God bless you nighthag and know your grandfather watches over you.


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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia

Thank you !

Your kind words and understanding is a balm I wasn't expecting... Perhaps your right that he would have understood thank you again from the bottom of my heart


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srsddn 2 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

Linda, quite touching moments. Both sister seem to be quite old. I wonder if they could share some earlier moments to relive those moments. Thanks for sharing this. Have a nice day.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much for coming by, srsddn-it was such a touching thing to see the moment they recognized each other. Alzheimer's is such a terrible disease.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Linda, I am so sorry for the loss of your Uncle. What you shared about your family and those ties I think are so true. I have grown in that area, and didn't always think the way I do now.

As for the title and the second part of this hub, it really jumped out to me. I agree with you 100%, about the bonds of love that you shared. I lost my father to Alzheimer's disease just a couple of years ago. He forgot so much. He did not ever forget my sister and I though. We had heard so much about people forgetting others. His doctor said that sometimes the emotional bonds are so strong, that they still remember even until death. I had not heard of this before. He never forgot me, even though I lived far at that time. When I saw him he knew me, and my heart breaks for others that don't have that.

All that to say, I agree. Thank you for reminding of these powerful truths! That picture is just precious.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

I have goosebumps after reading that your father never forgot who you were. Love is such a strong bond and even this disease can't always take that away. My aunt Franny died only months after uncle Bill. It didn't surprise me as they were always so connected. I thank you so much for coming by and sharing your experience.

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