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Local shares experience caring for Alzheimer's patient

August 7, 2014

By Donna Summerall
life@dailytimesleader.com

Brenda Johnson, director of Human Resources at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point is well educated on the subject of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s. Her mother, Etta Florence Moon, passed away in February from the disease. She suffered with Alzheimer’s for eight years. Johnson shared her experience with the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club at the club meeting Wednesday at the NMMC – West Point Education Room
“My mom was a delightful character,” Johnson said. “She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s eight years ago. At first she just repeated herself a lot and would forget things. She had lived out in the county and Marion and I lived in town. When we decided she didn’t need to live alone any longer, we knew she would not want to move.”
Johnson said the decision to move Moon to the Johnsons’ home came about through a broken hip. had fallen and broken a hip needing medical treatment with physical rehabilitation, she said. It was the perfect opportunity to bring Moon to the Johnsons’ home to recuperate.
Johnson said her brother would take Moon out to her home in the country overnight occasionally, but she remained in the Johnsons’home until passing away in February. Johnson said she lost her mother at little at a time throughout the years.

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