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My Daddy passed away from Alz in 1996..I wrote this in tribute to him the Fathers Day 0f 1996, later that week he passed away. I didnt know at the time I when wrote this, that I would someday have the right venue to share my feelings of what I was going through. I hope this helps someone out there who is living through this nightmare now as a caregiver and son or daughter of your loving Daddy.

There is a stranger I've come to know...

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My Father lived a good life, which I know from the great stories he would tell, and the songs he would sing. My father had many friends, from all walks of life. He was a Pipefitter by profession, and was a member of the Union. He loved to work in his garage and always kept his hands busy. He was always working on a neighbor’s car, fixing a friend’s boiler or doing some type of job after he retired. He had this big red GMC truck that had one of those horns that went….AAAAWWWWOOOOGGGGAH.

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I'll never forget the moment when I realized my grandmother no longer knew who I was. It was a beautiful day in March. I was proudly showing my Grandmother my report card. Suddenly she turned to me and asked: "Excuse me, where is your family?" I looked at her, not quite believing what I had heard. "You are my family," I said. "You’re my Grandmother. You're right here." For every child of a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer's, that reality is a devastating one.

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