This month, our Resident Spotlight is fun-loving Mickey! Mickey has been living at The Landing at Stone Oak since April, and he already has made an impression. Mickey is a joy to see in and around our Franklin Park community.
Mickey loves to walk around the community with a smile on his face, spreading cheer. He also enjoys playing golf out on the course. Unfortunately, Mickey does deal with a cognitively declining disease. Last October, WFAA news, out of Dallas, even covered a story about Mickey’s journey with Alzheimer’s (he was still living at home during this time). He is part of the 5% of American adults that develop early onset Alzheimer’s.
The video begins with Mickey, and his sister Cindy, just going out for a drive. Cindy tells him that his oldest son would be getting married soon. It can be challenging to keep a brave face when your loved one was an active, healthy man with no family history of Alzheimer’s. His sister does find joy in the fact that he still remembers his favorite songs and even some of the lyrics. However, as this disease progresses, it becomes harder on his wife, Jane, and the entire family. Even though Mickey may not remember his oldest son’s wedding, he was present.
8 Months Later
Eight months after his oldest son’s wedding, WFAA news came back to check on Mickey. Doctors and nurses have all said the disease has progressed faster than usual. Mickey and Jane’s children, Jake, Samantha, and Luke, are all under 30 and living in Dallas. The news asked the three children if their dad could see how they were dealing with his situation, how he would perceive everything and they all agreed that he would be proud.
Mickey’s family agrees that the one thing that brings them peace of mind, is knowing that he is comfortable and happy. Mickey always has a smile on his face, and they find solace in that. They are committed to raising money to find a cure for Mickey, and others with this disease. If there is a silver lining, it is that, this horrible disease has brought his family closer together.
At Franklin Park, we have numerous stories of families challenged with dealing with a family member facing cognitive decline. How can you help? Research, donate, and be there for your loved ones. If you have a loved one that could benefit from skilled memory care with comfort and safety, then be sure to schedule a tour today.