In the spring of 2005, I lost my grandmother to a devastating disease labeled Alzheimer’s. The five year journey that preceded her passing will be forever etched upon my mind, heart and soul. During that journey, I watched a wispy, vibrant woman become a confused, then non-communicative, shell of her former self. The day she passed, me, my wife and three of her grandchildren went to be with her and spend that last few hours we were told she had left. It was a painful experience and process for all of us indeed. As we neared the end of that day, and her life, I leaned over to her and whispered these words: “Grandma we love you so much and will miss you when you are gone. You will forever be in my heart, and because of you, I am a better man. Now, if you want to go and be with grandpa, we will be ok. We will miss you, but understand that you are tired and long to be with Him.” Within the next two hours, she was gone. This experience has forever changed me. The tragedy of this loss has given me a passion to create an environment for those afflicted with dementia-related diseases that will enhance their quality of life. Our mission is to provide the leading edge of treatments, therapies, and environmental stimulation, and also to provide a setting that will be sensitive to the desires of the residents and their loved ones. We are committed to participating with residents, families, researchers and medical professionals to combat these dementia-related diseases with everything we have. Hope is our fuel, remembrance of those lost is our compassion, and determination for difference is our destination.
Founder, Willamette Springs Memory Care Community