Our maternal grandmother, Bessie Mae Fields, died from complications from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2000. For several years our mother, Willie Mae, and her two sisters were Grandma’s caregivers. It was a long, grueling, challenging experience for them with little information available and no funding to help.
We’d known for several years that Mom’s memory was slipping, but it took a while to truly understand the depth and magnitude of the issues and the disease. In 2008 Willie Mae was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She fought mightily for over a decade, but she passed away due to Alzheimer’s complications in November 2019.
During nearly a decade-and-a-half with this labor of love journey caring for Mom we learned an incredible amount of information, we encountered challenges and had some triumphs too. We want to share the information and lessons that we’ve learned along the way with others who are just beginning this journey, those already on the path, and those reaching the last stages of the disease.
One of the challenges we encountered – particularly in the final stages of the disease when patients need round-the-clock care – is that there are very few financial resources to help provide care. There are some avenues to help, but currently there is nothing available to offer funding for 24/7/365 care. We hope to render a bit of help to those caregivers in need of a little respite care.
Mom left a legacy of caring for us and for others. We want her legacy to live on by helping others who are struggling and in need of Loving Care.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF:
WILLIE MAE GRAGGS-JOHNSON **** BESSIE MAE FIELDS **** REBECCA HARRIS