I'm the Oldest Child....

R- Hi all. I'm the oldest child in the Parkway Project household. I'm currently in college so my interactions with my Grandparents are limited to sometimes just monthly. These widespread encounters allow me a different view point then those in the Parkway trenches. Each time I visit the effects of Alzheimers are more apparent especially in Grandpa. The memory loss could be due to the many Dortmunders we share together (as we joke about). All joking aside each visit home although enjoyable is a grim reminder of this devastating disease. In an effort to keep the family's spirits up I like to cope with comedy along with the rest of the family. It may seem obnoxious to some but it is uplifting to us. Humor brings us together and we laugh together and for a few minutes we forget what surrounds us. We forget that the people we knew years ago are no longer present and we ignore the fact that our home has been converted into a mini nursing home. These moments are the ones we need to cling to during this battle against Alzheimers. My grandparents may have lost their sanity but we need to keep ours intact if we're going to get through this. 

Over and out......