Tuesday 28 March 2017

'One day she’ll forget I’m her son' – family of woman with Alzheimer’s make plea to Irish public

Kathy Ryan who has Early Onset Alzheimer's, and her sons Andrew and Matt get behind the The Alzheimer Society of Ireland's Dementia Care Begins at Home campaign
Kathy Ryan who has Early Onset Alzheimer's, and her sons Andrew and Matt get behind the The Alzheimer Society of Ireland's Dementia Care Begins at Home campaign
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

The two sons of a woman with Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease have made a plea to the Irish public to sign a petition for government investment in homecare for people with dementia.

A poignant video shows the two men sitting in silence with their mother as they hold up signs about the disease and how it will affect their family.

“Mom never forgot my birthday,” reads one.

“Mom never forgot to cheer us on from the sidelines,” reads another.

“But one day… Mom will forget I am Andrew, her son. Mom will forget she has Alzheimer’s.”

The two young men go on to say that their mother “deserves to be remembered, even when she forgets herself.”

“She is still a mom, daughter, sister and a friend.”

Their mother finishes the video, breaking the silence to say, “I’m Kathy and I have dementia. I still have a voice. Please listen to it.”

Brothers Andrew and Matt Ryan are encouraging people to get behind The Alzheimer Society of Ireland's Dementia Care Begins at Home campaign, to help people just like their mother Kathy.

The campaign aims to provide people with dementia support and care to live at home with their families as long as possible.

Click here to lend your support.

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