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Dorothy Schaaf Bayer  My mom was fearless. She was born a twin in 1921. She weighed just over 1 lb. and she survived. She served as a WAAC in WWII. She taxied and gassed airplanes. She was stubborn and strong willed and she feared nothing but Alzheimer's. Her mother suffered from this disease. She was so afraid she would too. And when she was 72 her worst fear came true - she was diagnosed with Alzheimers. She lived about 14 years after her diagnosis. What a horrific disease. To not only watch your loved one decline mentally but physically as well.

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For over twenty five years, my dad was an airline pilot and traveled the world. On his days off he also worked at Disneyland and Disney World singing with the barbershop quartet called the Dapper Dans. He loved both jobs and was the epitome of health. He was a brilliant man who loved life and enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. 

 

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I've been caring for my mother as she has slipped down into AD for about seven years.  We've overcome so many challanges together that I became empassioned to share any help or ideas with others who are not so far along as we are.  My son and I made a brief video to help guide people to my blog and facebook page.  I found it appalling that there was such a lack of help and network in my geographical area.  However, things are much improved and I have made it my mission to continue to get the word out about all things dementia in our community.

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