Dance
Granddaughter Dances With Grandfather With Alzheimer's
You won’t believe how well this elderly man can dance!
Cedric Jackson
03.27.18

Alzheimer’s is a serious disease that usually affects the elderly but can actually affect people of any age.

It can change how a person thinks, acts, and remembers. There is no cure, and treatment options are limited. It’s sad to watch loved ones suffer from these changes.

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One young woman named Rachel has seen firsthand how much this disease can change people.

Her 93-year-old grandpa was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago, and she has watched him go downhill ever since. She missed how he used to be, and she wanted to do something to get his spirits up.

Rachel helps take care of her grandpa. She makes his meals, cleans his home, and even takes him out for walks. He depends on her for so much, but she enjoys doing it. The two always have a good time together.

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She decided to try dancing with him. In the video, she turns on some music and stretches her hand out toward him.

His face lights up, and he gets really excited at her offer. With her help, he gets on his feet and gets ready to dance.

She wasn’t expecting him to be able to move very well or remember the steps to any of his favorite dances. To her surprise, he did really well. He was moving with the music and keeping up with the beat of the song. He never stopped smiling and seemed to be having the time of his life with his granddaughter.

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The two danced all around the living room. At one point, Rachel was laughing because she was having so much fun.

The video of their dances was also shared on YouTube, where people couldn’t get enough of it. After all, who can resist a video of an adorable grandpa dancing with his granddaughter?

He may not have very many dances left in him, and if his Alzheimer’s gets any worse, he may not be able to remember very many of their moments together. However, since Rachel recorded them dancing, they can watch the video to help him remember the fun they had together.

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Many people who have this disease end up in a nursing home or need to be cared for by family members.

According to Alheimers.Net:

“Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only disease in the 10 leading causes of deaths in the United States that cannot be cured, prevented, or slowed. One in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s.

“Between 2017 and 2025, every state is expected to see at least a 14% rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s. There has been an 89% increase in deaths due to Alzheimer’s between 2000 and 2014.

“More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and by 2050, it’s estimated there will be as many as 16 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Sadly, one in three seniors dies with some form of dementia.”

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Rachel will continue to care for her grandpa and provide him with not only the daily necessities but also the emotional ones.

In spite of all the hard work she does for her grandpa, she doesn’t get frustrated and she always takes the time to have fun with him.

He probably appreciates it more than he can express, but it’s clear by the smile on his face that he loves her and is thankful to have her around. Hopefully, these two can share many more dances in the future. They are lucky to have each other to lean on while dancing and in life.

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By Cedric Jackson
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Cedric Jackson is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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