Why I Walk – Andr├⌐a James

Today, Andr├⌐a James, Education Coordinator at our chapter, shares why she walks…

I walk for my grandmother, Ma, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002 after my grandfather (Pa) passed away.┬á Pa saw the changes in Ma first ΓÇô she was paranoid, accused him of stealing things ΓÇô and he tried to warn my mom and aunt, but they thought he was overreacting.┬á After he died, they saw the signs and got a diagnosis. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s rocked the family, of course.┬á But my mom and aunt stepped up and share her care.┬á She was always a witty woman, and the disease has amplified it so that sheΓÇÖs very sassy.┬á As a family, we decided that laughter is the best medicine and weΓÇÖre going to enjoy our time with her.

Being at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is rewarding, because I see so many people honoring their loved ones.┬á ItΓÇÖs a good way to get together to support the person with the disease, support each other, and to know that everyone at the Walk is probably going through the same things as your family.┬á The Memory Wall is one of my favorite parts of the Walk ΓÇô itΓÇÖs a direct tribute to people affected by the disease.┬á I get goose bumps when I read the signs on peopleΓÇÖs backs saying who theyΓÇÖre walking for.┬á Seeing 5,000 people in purple shirts for a common cause is such a powerful experience.

Why do you Walk?  Let us know at walk@alztex.org and you could be featured in a future blog post! Haven’t signed up for the Walk yet?  It’s so easy – sign up today!





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The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.