My Grandpa and Mr Alzheimer


By Epi Zeggou


Mr. Alzheimer went silent for a few seconds.
“Just to love him,” he said.
“But we do love him, very much. He is our Grandpa.”
“Yes, I know that. What I meant before, is that the only thing you can do to help him is to keep telling him that you love him, especially when he is sad or upset. It will help him a lot to feel your presence and your love. Do you know what I really believe? That the heart remembers what the mind forgets. The hugs and attention of his loved ones, even when he can not recognize them, will make him feel better.”
“This is the easiest we can do! But is love just enough or there are more things we can do for him?”


Epi Zeggou

Epi Zeggou was born in 1969 in Larissa, Greece. Mother of three, she is an Msc DVM. She entered the world of writing with her essay “Journey into the World of Dementia” written in her father’s memory as an effort to help inform people and support families experiencing the problem of Dementia. On the occasion of this essay, she presented a paper in the 9th Panhellenic Congress of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (Thessaloniki, May 2015) entitled Dementia as Seen through the Perspective of the Caregiver. The rights of the essay have been conceded by the author to the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders “Alzheimer Hellas”. She has also established an online support team for patients with Dementia. In 2015 she launched the fairytale “The Very Special Chromosome 21”, also granting the rights of the Greek version, to the Association of Parents and Friends of People with Down Syndrome of Thessaly “The Swan”. Without ever having the experience of Down Syndrome in her close family and relatives, The Very Special Chromosome 21, is her effort to raise awareness and promote understanding for a sensitive and serious social issue as the Down Syndrome The fairytale “My Grandpa and Mr. Alzheimer” is her third book which was also presented as a paper in the 11th Panhellenic Congress of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders entitled “The Fairytale as a Mental Tool”. In the recent 12th Panhellenic Congress of Alzheimer’s Disease, she was the President of the round table with the distinguished lecture “The role of the media in the awareness of Alzheimer Disease”.

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