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My Daddy

My daddy died on January 2, 2003. He was 94 years old. For the past three years he was a resident of the Van Andel Pavilion, a unit of the Holland Home system in Grand Rapids, Michigan that specializes in the care of those with Alzheimer's. Daddy's Alzheimer's was not advanced but was obvious: memory loss, especially short term, living in the past and confusion about the present. Occasionally he'd wonder, "Where am I?"--"What am I doing here?"--"Where's mother?" (meaning…
Neva Evenhouse
June 1, 2003