Alzheimer’s Walk

Alzheimer’s Walk

Autumn Meek, Carol Gindratt and Renee Dyess. They were at the Alzheimer’s Walk to celebrate the life of Renee’s deceased grandmother, Monte Brown, better known as Me-maw. Photo by Floyd Miller{{more}}l to r Teddie Seckler, Paulo Seckler, Emily Seckler, Patricia Martin Smith, Charlie Smith, Rebekah Martin Mize, Max Mize, Sunday Peebles and Kane Seckler. Not pictured: Jonathan Mize, Julissa Mize and Jillian Mize. Mrs. Patricia Martin Smith had this to say about her mother and also had advice on how Alzheimer’s patients should be treated. Emily Zorn Martin was a long-time sufferer of Alzheimer’s. We cried a million tears before placing her in an assisted-living facility in Abilene and two years later she was moved to a nursing home where she remained for six years before becoming a heavenly angel on March 17, 2012. Mrs. Martin never raised her voice to her children; she would say “if you don’t behave, I’ll have to use this flyswatter”. She had four children in five years and each of us thought we were her favorite because she always made us feel loved and special. It is important to visit your loved one every day; making sure they are comfortable and that their needs are met. It makes a difference when you become familiar with the staff taking care of them. Having patience, a positive attitude, a hug and a smile is essential in their care. Since her illness was diagnosed we all have become advocates for those that cannot let others know how they feel, raising awareness and funds for research and a cure for mental diseases. Photo by Floyd Miller