Why We Exist
Because we know it’s still possible for people with dementia, their family members and caregivers to live life well. We help people like Eva who’ve learned first-hand what it’s like to have dementia in her family.
Eva’s journey was powerful, heartbreaking and life-altering. “When my mother passed away, my Dad (Josef) could manage well enough by himself. He could drive; prepare his own meals and garden. I was always very close to him and we spoke every day. Gradually, things began to change.
It’s so hard to know when something might be wrong, or when it’s ‘just getting old’ – things like memory loss and slowing down physically. I started to notice small things; like Dad would re-tell stories or we’d have the same conversations over and over. He was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 79.”
New insight from the Alzheimer Society of Calgary gave Eva fresh perspective.
“Caring for a person with dementia impacts your health. It can be very stressful and it really affected me. I’m so grateful for the support I got from the Alzheimer Society of Calgary. I enrolled in a workshop for family caregivers and it was life-changing for me – the things I learned, and how much more I understood. To understand what was happening in Dad’s brain when he’d act a certain way made it easier not to get upset. The tools and tips also helped me to appreciate the time I had with my Dad and not to worry about the small stuff.
And I learned you can still laugh! I remember trying to explain to him that he couldn’t get up and walk because he might fall. ‘I can’t walk?! But I was out walking by the river just this morning!’ he said.
There’s a lot to be grateful for. I’m very grateful that he never forgot who I was, that he always recognized me.
And I would like others on this journey to know that it’s important to learn as much as possible and to find out the facts.
I support the Alzheimer Society of Calgary as a donor because I really want to help other people. I want them to have the same resources I had. And my wish for them is that it’s an easier journey because of that.” – Eva Weckl
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