This Grandma With Alzheimer’s Received The Best Gift Ever
An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disorder that attacks one’s memory and other mental functions. It’s a scary disorder — for both the patients and the family members, who watch their loved one’s memory quickly slip away. So, when Molly McManimie noticed her grandmother showing signs of developing Alzheimer’s, she knew just what to do to help her cope with the disease.
Runs In The Family
For Molly McManimie’s grandmother, Betty, Alzheimer’s disease runs in her family. Her two older brothers died after long battles with the disorder. Because of this, Molly’s parents were always concerned Grandma Betty would eventually succumb to the disease as well. So, when Betty began showing signs of the disease (memory loss, confusion, behavioral changes, etc.), the family knew their worst fear had come true.
Daily Tasks Now Impossible
Grandma Betty was once a lively, spirited grandmother who was always on the go for her family. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and she especially loved to cook. Unfortunately, her memory loss made her forget key ingredients to her recipes. Eventually, she could recognize her family member’s faces, but she couldn’t recall their names. Molly’s family decided to help her cope with the disease in the most special way.
Dog’s Best Friend
Grandma Betty never owned a dog, but she always wanted one. It must have been a prominent desire because, throughout her memory loss, Betty remembered one thing: that she wanted a dog. She also remembered that her husband always said no, and she would mention this every day. Knowing that her grandma remembered this, Molly decided to bring a dog into Betty’s life — hopefully improving her grandma’s condition.
The Best Surprise Ever!
Molly’s family are dog lovers, and therefore they understand why Grandma Betty would wish to own a dog. Dogs provide therapeutic relief for many Alzheimer’s patients, so the family decided to rescue a dog, Fenton. With their grandfather’s approval, the family presented the dog to their grandmother and it was a magical surprise.
Easing The Symptoms
The surprise gift eased Grandma Betty’s symptoms, at least for that special moment. All her stress and symptoms disappeared as she held her little dog, and everyone knew Betty was happy. Now Betty spends her days with her favorite dog by her side. And while she still has the symptoms, having her companion makes the disease a little less scary for everyone involved.
More in Cute
Photographer Shows Mom The Adorable Thing Her Corgi Was Doing As She Gave Birth
Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, but they may be even closer to family. Spending years alongside this young...December 11, 2018
Boy Band From Philippines Wows The World With Their Spot-On Bee Gees Impersonation And Performance
Real talk. Is there anything cuter than little kids dressed up as the Bee Gees? Oh, there is? Little kids from...December 9, 2018
Firefighter Rescues Cat From Paradise Fire And Now It Refuses To Leave His Side
Listen. I know we have all the feels from Christmas commercials, but brace yourself for another mushy moment. Especially if you...December 8, 2018
96-Year-Old Woman Sees Snow For The First Time, And Her Reaction Is Priceless
Imagine spending nearly all your life without having ever seen snow in person. Yes, you could watch the snow fall in...December 6, 2018
Gloriously Recreated Childhood Photos That Will Warm Your Heart
Looking back at childhood photos can be bittersweet. It's a glimpse of a simpler past, back before we had to face...December 5, 2018
Kids Who Upstaged Newlyweds In Hysterical Weddings Photos
Weddings usually focus on two committed people making a public display of their love. Yet when kids are involved, they somehow...December 2, 2018
Adorable Rescue Kitten Helps Boyfriend Pull Off ‘Purr-fect’ Proposal
Do you like stories that melt your heart and make you go “aw?” If so, then you’ll fall in love with...December 2, 2018
Bridesmaid Stages Throwback Photo Session For Friend’s Anniversary, And It’s Too Good
Sometimes, an idea can sound great at the time. But years later, you reflect on the memories and say, “What was...November 29, 2018
Pets Vs. Food: The Most Adorable Interactions With
Pets are known to be pretty hysterical sometimes. Especially when they’re trying to scarf down their food, or trying to get...November 22, 2018