Man With Alzheimer’s Finds Strength to Dance With Wife For Her 80th Birthday

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Alzheimer’s takes so much away from us. From losing the ability to remember loved ones, to losing the ability to take care of oneself, the unfairness of the disease seems unrelenting.

For Christy Velasquez, one of the things Alzheimer’s took away is her father’s ability to dance. But through the power of love, he is able to, with the help of weepy-eyed family members, get up and dance with his wife on her 80th birthday. The complete outpouring of adoration while they dance is so strong, the tears began to flow as he sways with his beloved bride.

Velasquez caught this emotional dance on camera, saying, “Alzheimer’s has taken away my Daddy’s ability to dance but today is Mama’s 80th birthday and we don’t know what next year will bring so needed to give my Mama this special moment.”

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Watch the incredibly moving dance in the video below!

Alzheimer’s continues to grow costlier, and the prevalence of this tragic disease only continues to grow. Many American elders depend on Medicare for coverage of treatment they need during their golden years, but Medicare does not cover long-term care for Alzheimer’s leaving family and loved ones to shoulder a care burden currently estimated to be worth over $217 billion.

This cannot continue!

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You can help America’s Alzheimer’s patients by signing our petition demanding Medicare step up and cover 100% of long-term care for any person with Alzheimer’s or other dementias whose doctor has recommended it.

Click here to sign this important petition.

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TC currently lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest, bellied up to a sun lamp. In addition to writing, she enjoys photography and estate sales, and is the proud mother to an ever-growing collection of cacti.