17.06.22 | Noreen Hiltsley

The Long Goodbye

Saying goodbye to a loved one usually involves a nice long bear hug, followed by a warm statement of, “I’ll see you soon.” This is not the case when leaving a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Goodbye is repeated over and over again, in hopes that the person remembers who we are, why we are leaving, and will they remember any glimpse of us when we return. Many families, friends, and caregivers express a deep sadness when saying
goodbye. This June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s dementia is a devastating disease that slowly destroys the brains and lives of those diagnosed. The impact is broad-reaching as it pillages family and friends. This disease is often referred to as “The Long Goodbye,” reflecting how families and friends must watch their loved ones slowly fade away. The word dementia encompasses a range