Dotty lived with Alzheimer's disease, but did not let it define her. She proved that Alzheimer's patients are capable of more than we can imagine. She proved this less than two months before she went to Heaven.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
|Dotty is 95 years old in this picture. |
I believe she is a role model for the entire
Alzheimer's and dementia community
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I believe Dotty is a role model not only for the Alzheimer's and dementia communities around the world, but for everyone that buys into the stigma and misinformation that surrounds Alzheimer's disease.
Dotty destroyed the myth that no one survives Alzheimer's. She taught us over and over that dementia patients are capable of more than we can imagine.
We, the families, caregivers, and public are being held back not by Alzheimer's, but the inability of our own brains to understand that a person living with Alzheimer's is full of memories, experiences, and the ability to live life in a real and meaningful way.
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On March 26, 2012, and less than two months before she died and went to Heaven, Dotty delivered a remarkable performance from which we can learn.
Here is the background story and video.
Our friend Jeannemarie came to visit. She brought Dotty a coloring pad and some colored pencils. She took Dotty outside and sat her down with the intention of working with her. After she laid out all the material, she left to take a phone call.
The next thing I knew Jeannemarie ran in the door shouting - get your video camera, hurry up, you won't believe it.
There sat Dotty, two colored coordinated pencils in her hands, and she was coloring away. The biggest surprise to me was the way Dotty switched seamlessly from one colored pencil to the other.
In the video you can see the pencils in Dotty's hand; and, watch her color. As always, she has something to say. Oh Dotty.
If you watch this video closely I think you will be fascinated by the entire dynamic. I was.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room