Father's Day: When dad has Alzheimer's

  • Article by: Patti Hareid
  • Updated: June 11, 2013 - 2:54 AM

I’m going to visit my dad again this Father’s Day. I know how it will go. We will sit in relative silence, despite each of us giving full attention to the other. We will smile and nod, and when I recount some childhood memory, he will respond with a shrug of his shoulders or with his eyes searching mine for some clue as to what I’m talking about or what he should say.

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pumiceJun. 10, 13 6:45 PM

Thank you, Patti Hareid. May you and your father continue to share the joy which makes him the happiest guy in town. May you have family and friends who halve your sorrow.

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SeaSharkJun. 11, 13 1:45 AM

PATTI HAREID'S sweet, loving, tender, pensive, heart tugging Father's Day letter for her Dad is a universal and beautifully written message of familial honor, appreciation and respect.

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whareidJun. 11, 1311:37 AM

Well said Patti! Your dad would be proud.

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inspired57Jun. 11, 13 2:54 PM

My mother is also a happy Alzheimer's resident in a nursing home. I love our visits and look forward to walking thru the locked doors of the unit and into a world of letting go and living in the present. A gift, really.

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trlandsJun. 13, 13 8:09 AM

What a lovely, warm and thoughtful story. No matter what Patti, I would guess that your Father's "ever-bright blue eyes" still find you, see you, and know your love.

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margarita45Jun. 13, 1310:16 PM

Beautiful, simple and lovely! Our Dad's smile is the best part of our visits to him. And when you get that glimpse of a moment and I can listen to him calling my name is Heaven! Happy Father's Day!

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