Walking the Last Mile
The Personal Story of a Daughter’s Journey to Honor her Mother in the Final Stages of Alzheimer’s
SCOTTSDALE, AZ –OCTOBER 22, 2014- “This walk is personal” is the first statement you see when you visit the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s website. It is a statement that couldn’t be more true for millions of family members who watch their loved ones suffer from this debilitating disease.
For Vicki Gipson this walk is personal. It is the personal struggle of watching too many family members lose the fight. It is the unimaginable heartbreak of watching her own mother slowly forget her children and grandchildren. Vicki’s story is not unlike many others, but its her story, and it is the reason that she walks.
“Alzheimer’s Disease doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, you can be a victim,” says Gipson, “It strips you of all your precious memories and in the end your dignity.”
Gipson’s family has been hit hard by Alzheimer’s her mother’s sister Betty, her father’s sister Genevia, her grandfather and her great uncle have all passed away from the disease. Gipson and her cousins have walked alongside their loved ones through each and every devastating stage. And now her own mother, Ruth Dearmore, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 10 years ago is in her final stage.
“My mother was a kind, intelligent woman and a wonderful mother,” says Gipson, “She is in the final stages and soon will be going home to heaven with her loved ones. I will walk this last mile with her as she has walked every mile with me.”
Gipson and her husband Sherman are the owners of Preferred Care at Home, a senior home care company dedicated to protecting the independence and dignity of the seniors they care for. She has seen the impact of Alzheimer’s both in her business and in her personal life. Her reaction was to get involved.
“I decided to walk, not realizing the support I would receive and the stories I would hear,” says Gipson. “I have raised $1760 so far with a goal of $2500, and I now have a team of people who will be walking with me.”
The Phoenix Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place November 8 at 9:15 a.m. If you would like to donate or join the walk visit Vicki Gipson’s page to learn more.
Millions of people suffer from the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease, but Vicki and her mother Ruth are not a statistic. It’s their story, and it’s personal.
About Preferred Care at Home
Preferred Care at Home is a non-medical senior home care company dedicated to providing reliable, compassionate and affordable care. This care improves quality of life while safeguarding independence and dignity. Services include companionship, meal preparation, hygiene assistance, medication reminders, Alzheimer’s Care and more. For more information, visit www.preferhome.com/scottsdale.
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