Letters to My Mom

Mom, I’ll always remember you. Sitting in the crisp, fall sunshine. Facing your diagnosis, yet so present to the glorious moment. Present to your grandkids laughing and dancing around you. Present to your matcha latte (extra hot with oat milk, please). Present to me and all of my sorrow and uncertainty about your Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I promise, no matter what these coming months and years hold, I’ll never forget the essence of you. Read more below…

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The Heartbreaking Journey of Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

The journey of Alzheimer’s and dementia is a heartbreaking one, for caregivers and the diagnosed individual alike. At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations, Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) we strive to provide compassionate, individualized care, preserving our residents’ dignity at every stage of their Alzheimer’s journey. Continued below is a touching letter from a daughter to her mother as she watches her slowly slip away from Alzheimer’s. 

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Dear Mom, Your Letters Feel Like a Lifeline to Me! 

Hi my sweet mom, I love these letters we’re writing back and forth. They feel like a lifeline to me when everything feels topsy turvy. I want to remember to thank the staff at your memory care community the next time I visit for helping you with these letters. I know caregivers deserve so much more appreciation than they’re often given! It seems like they treat you so well and I’m so very thankful. I can’t believe it’s been six months since we moved you to MesaView! I know it was such a tough decision for all of us, but I really think it was the right choice. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the food, all the fun events, and the community. I know you’re still in a pretty good place with your memory, but I’m so glad you have the extra help and care. 

Sweet Memories of Your Birthday Picnic 

I was just thinking about your birthday picnic at the park a couple of years ago. Do you still remember that? It was such a simple day, but such a sweet memory for me. We brought coffee, your favorite fancy cheese, prosciutto, and some berries for the kids to munch on. The kids played soccer and played on the swings and slides and we stole a few quiet moments to chat just the two of us. Remember how rare those quiet moments were in those days? I remember you were so brave, yet so honest and real about all you were feeling as your world came tumbling down in a few short weeks. You were so courageous as you considered that everything you and Dad had planned for the future was coming into question.

Facing Your Diagnosis, Yet Present to the Glorious Moment 

I’ll always remember you sitting on that checked blanket in the crisp, fall sunshine. Facing your diagnosis, yet so present to the glorious moment. Present to your grandkids laughing and dancing around you. Present to your oat milk matcha latte. Present to me and all of my sorrow and uncertainty about your Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I promise, no matter what these coming months and years hold, I’ll never forget the essence of you.

Love you always and forever, Mom. 

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We Strive to Provide Individualized, Compassionate Memory Care in San Diego 

At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations: Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) our compassionate, highly competent staff work hard to provide individualized care to each member of our memory care communities.