The beginning was the worst. It frustrated Janet Parkerson when her father started to forget what he had done that day or the day before. But soon names slipped his mind, too, and then he failed to recognize people. Then he lost his ability to talk and to walk, and then he died, bedridden.
“I saw my father die of Alzheimer’s,” said Parkerson, 85. “I’ve experienced a lot of what it’s like it’s terribly sad and I would be very happy to help people not go through that.”
That’s why she decided to enroll in a five-year-long Alzheimer’s research study about four years ago. On Monday, she eagerly sat in the auditorium of East Ridge at Cutler Bay in Miami, FL, her Pine Crest senior living community, alongside about 50 other fellow residents, some of whom also volunteered for the studies.