The Story Behind the Story

It is a heartbreaking story. And it is just one of many stories families everywhere have to tell about the challenge of Alzheimer's Disease.

A member of the Fifty Plus Racing Foundation Tribe recently received an email from his family. He shared the story with us with hope that it might help put a face on the mission of the Fifty Plus Racing Foundation.

It is the reason we are in the race to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

Dear family & friends,

It’s with a heavy heart that I send this news. Things have not gone well for Jean and I last week. Jean has entered the severe stage of ALZ and every day she gets very confused and agitated.

She doesn't believe we are married and insists that I take her to the house where she thinks we live, but she doesn't know where it is and can’t tell me how to get there.

When I tell here this is our house she argues constantly for 2 or 3 hours, curses at me and tells me to get out.

She was so upset one night that I called Vicky over to help calm her. Vicky asked me to go to the gym and she was able to calm Jean down and get her in bed.

Jean says the house we are in is owned by her cousin and he doesn't want us there any longer. She finally got upset with me enough to hit me.

I called the doctor and he said he will refer her to a psychiatric hospital Monday for a full mental, emotional and physical evaluation. She will have to be there 5 to 7 days.

When finished,they will make recommendations as to her placement on leaving the hospital. They say the choices probably will be home-healthcare, assisted living, or memory care.

Family, I’m sorry for telling you this through email, but I have very little time away from Jean. I will call as I gain more free time and we can talk.

The Fifty Plus Racing Foundation is raising awareness to both find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to provide much needed support for caregivers.

If you have a story, we want to hear it. Please know that you are not alone.


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