Two years later, on April 4, 2008, my father passed away, 13 days before his 75th birthday. Now I hold onto the memories that I have of my Father – and I celebrate what he loved – MUSIC!
Throughout his journey with Alzheimer’s, we made sure my father had a radio in his room. Even when my father had a glaze in his eyes, you could always tell he was okay as long as he heard the music.
I still remember how the nurse would get him out of the hospital bed. She would sing to him; he would get up and they would start dancing. It is a moment I look back on with tearful happiness. They would slowly waltz to where ever she needed to take him.
Just like my father, I have a passion for music and for dance.
Which is why today – from sunrise to sunset – I will be doing Zumba fitness (a workout that combines dance and Latin music) as part of the Alzheimer’s Association The Longest Day. During this 16-hour event, I am dancing to music, enjoying myself and REMEMBERING my father. I am doing this for him and for all of those who have lost their memory because of Alzheimer’s. I want to make a difference for those who are living with Alzheimer’s right now.
Join me! Turn on some music, get up and move, and be part of the fight against Alzheimer’s.
About the blog author: Sonia Vazquez lives in Yuba City, Calif., where she is a Zumba fitness instructor. Today, she is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association The Longest Day®, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.