Love in the face of Alzheimer’s disease

Love in the face of Alzheimer’s disease

dale-blogMy mom’s 86th birthday was May 8th. She has Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a long term care home in Brampton.  My dad will be 90 soon and lives across the parking lot from my mom in a retirement building.  He is a proud veteran and doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve.   What transpired that day brought tears to my eyes. This message was forwarded to me from the Director of Resident and Family Services where my mom lives:

“Just wanted to let you know I witnessed the absolute sweetest thing this morning with your parents. Your dad came over to your mom’s room with a birthday card for her. I brought him to her room and overheard the conversation. Your dad gave her a big hug and wished her happy birthday. He asked her, ‘Do you know who I am?’ and she said, ‘No, should I?’ Your dad replied, ‘I’m your husband. It doesn’t matter if you don’t recognize me; I will love you to the end.’”

It brings tears to my eyes typing this – this is why I love my job so much! Your dad can teach every man what unconditional love is!”

I’m so proud of him and my mom. It just goes to show you that Alzheimer’s doesn’t affect the love you have for someone. It just makes you more patient.

Dale Banting

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