Friday, July 20, 2007
We spent about 2 hours at the adult day care. We got there just as they were serving lunch. Mom went right along with everything. After lunch the group sat together and played Wheel of Fortune. Unfortunately this is when Mom got a little upset and wanted to go home. One of the participants, who must be in the later stages of Alzheimer's, was seated next to Mom and she was very upset by this. She said "I don't want to be with all of these old people. I know that is terrible to say, but I'm not ready for this". The director, who is an angel, talked Mom into coming back to the group and doing some coloring. Mom LOVED that. A woman and her young son were volunteering and they sat at our table and colored with Mom, me and another woman. Mom is still talking about that little boy and how happy she was to color with him, coloring away for 1.5 hours. As we were leaving she said "I could stay here all day". Needless to say we will be going back next Friday I think. It's so sad to see these once vibrant seniors devastated by dementia. And that is pretty much what all of them have. President Bush and Congress should be forced to spend time with these people and experience their needs. Maybe then they would think twice about cutting funding for Alzheimer's care and research. I can imagine the full lives these people once led and it makes me sad to see them like this. One man, Erv, seems like he was a farmer when he was younger. These men and woman have contributed so much to us in their lifetimes, it is our duty to make sure that they are given the best care possible. If only the money that has been spent on Bush's folly, the Iraq war, could have been spent on caring for these people and trying to find a cure for future generations not just in this country, but in all countries including Iraq.