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Man Shares His Experience After His Wife Suffered Alzheimer's

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Wanda died in September 2014. Wanda died in September 2014.

RICHLAND, WA- November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and Guardian Angel Homes in Richland will host a Holiday Bazaar to help raise funds for research. 

To see a loved one slowly disappear right in front of your eyes is tough for just about anyone.  Jim Watkins watched that happen to his wife, Wanda, and he hopes one day there will finally be an answer to this disease.

"Well, i started to see symptoms as early as 2002, 2003, that type of thing," said Watkins, describing the early signs of Alzheimer's in his wife. 

As he looked back in his memoir book from trips he and his wife Wanda took all across the world, he never guessed she would one day get Alzheimer's.

"Oh, it's devastating.  You wouldn't believe it," said Watkins. 

As time went on, Wanda's Alzheimer's progressed.  Watkins tried his best to take care of her, but got to the point where he no longer could.  For others, he suggests to do what you can for your loved one until you cannot anymore.

"Keep your loved ones as long as you could and take care of them.  When it becomes obvious that somebody else can take care of them...it's a fight," said Watkins.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with the disease and they estimate more than 16 million will have it by 2050 if a cure is not found. The Centers for Disease Control ranks Alzheimer's as the 6th leading cause of death.  That is why Guardian Angel Homes in Richland, a facility that takes care of seniors like Wanda, will host their Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday for Alzheimer's Disease research, support, and education. 

Since Wanda has passed away, Watkins still goes to these events to support.  

"I still go over there.  They're family to me," said Watkins. 

The Holiday Bazaar at Guardian Angel Homes in Richland will have all sorts of goodies and items to buy from, bake sales, and more.  It goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 14th. That money will go towards helping out research for Alzheimer's Disease.
 

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