Eleanor, Gee We Think You’re Swell!

Eleanor Collage


Patty’s mother, Eleanor Deyden, passed away last week at age 83. As shown in the photos above, we will remember her love of life as well as her love of family including husband Jules, six children and twelve grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Sadly, we really lost Eleanor many months ago to a terrible disease—Alzheimer’s. Here are some facts about the disease from the Alzheimer’s Association web site:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
  • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age. Up to 5% of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms.

Our family can attest to the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s, both on the individual and their family. Many of you probably have friends or relatives who have also been affected. In Eleanor’s memory, we urge everyone to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org.

7 thoughts on “Eleanor, Gee We Think You’re Swell!

  1. So sorry to hear about your mom, Patty. Praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Our parents are special and we give them our love and honor them for giving us life, nurturing us to stand on our own and being there for us through all the milestones of our life. Nothing can take their place but the love, joy and memories we have in our hearts will carry us through, as we become the generation to take their place. Enjoy the memories you shared with her and always hold her dear to your heart. I am sure she knew how much you cared for her. Hugs

  2. Oh Patty, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My heart goes out to you as I can relate to all the feelings you have gone through. Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family at this time of goodbye. I am sure your mom is at peace and you have so many wonderful memories of her to cherish…over time this is what you will remember best. All our love.

  3. Patty, I can tell a lot about your mom from the photos and from knowing a sweet child of hers! Having a dad with Alzheimer’s, I know you already missed your mom of a few years ago and am praying for you as you remember the good times and your mom’s special love.

  4. Patty, I really wanted to send you a card, but I don’t know where you get your mail, so this will have to do. I’m so sorry to hear of your lose. I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s as well. I know how it is to visit a loved one who is no longer able to speak or recognize you. You have her love and memories to carry with you, knowing that she is in a peaceful place now. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. ((Hugs)) Sandi

  5. Very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Such a sad thing to lose your mother. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. I hope you now can be comforted with memories of the good times with her. Take care. We hope to visit you some time. Take care, Dave & Linda Yonutas

  6. So sorry to hear about your Mother Patty. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease for the whole family. We are thinking about you during this difficult time.

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