Last year I had to put my mother in a nursing home. The hardest decision of my life. I remember being younger and promising her I wouldn’t ever do that. She had been sick for a long time. February 17, 2009, I frantically tried calling her. My ex and I thought well maybe she went shopping. She loved these chocolate chip cookie sandwich things the grocery store sold. We called both stores in town, no one had seen her. I tried calling again, still no answer. I decided we need to go over there. We asked help from on of her friends, and went to the house. The screen and back door were locked. I knew that meant she was at home and something was wrong. I had to brake into her house and find her laying face first on the floor. She was hardly breathing. I have to give respect to anyone in the medical profession right now. I don’t know how you can see that everyday and it not bother you. To this day, I see that image every time I go to sleep.It literally haunts me. We called 911. A couple of days of her being in the hospital, her doctor tells us that she had a stroke. We moved in to take care of her. The doctor had always told her that she had a type of Dementia. It effected her everyday of life. After, a second stroke in late August, Her mind went. She called her niece, Mom. There were days that she couldn’t remember who I was. She would become violent. It became to difficult to take care of her. It was just me at this time. She had one more stroke, the decision was made that it would be best to put her in a nursing home. December 7th, She was admitted.

5.3 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s in America. That number is expected to double in 20 years. From 2000-2006, Alzheimer’s disease deaths increased 46.1 percent, while other selected causes of death decreased. It is the 7th leading cause of death and that number is supposed to rise in the future.  We need to realize that Alzheimer’s Disease is rapidly becoming more of a problem in our society. Let us stand up and help fight and find a cure for this disease.

That is why CHP and I are starting the Army Against Alzheimer’s campaign. 75% of the profits of items with this logo on it, will go to the Alzheimer’s organization.(www.alz.org) Go to www.zazzle.com/cravinghumor Click on the folder that says Army Against Alzheimer’s

When I put my mother in a nursing home, I felt like I couldn’t help her anymore. Well, this is my way of helping her and anyone else fighting Alzheimer’s

If you would like to read and learn more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia please visit www.alz.org

Richard Pruitt.