65 students join Walk to End Alzheimer's

65 students join Walk to End Alzheimer's

Inspired by their teacher, students wanted to become involved

The Martinez family at the HomeCrestwood Middle School Spanish teacher Marysol Martinez so movingly described to her students how Alzheimer's has changed her mother-in-law's life that 65 of them came forth to join the team she organized for Maryland's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Frederick. She was interviewed by TV at the event.

Ada Martinez, 77, came to the Hebrew Home in late August for specialized memory care. Her son Chuck, an active-duty wounded warrior, says she was a feisty, devoted mother when she was raising Chuck and seven rambunctious siblings. Now, seated in her room at the Hebrew Home, which he has filled with photos, memorabilia, and a brightly-colored bed covering, Chuck speaks gratefully about the the warm response our admissions director provided to his family when he and Marysol urgently sought accommodation for Ada. 

While Chuck and Marysol readily admit they needed help to give Ada the care she now requires, it was a tough decision for them to move her out of the familiar comfort of her house where she lived for 57 years. "In our culture," stresses Marysol, "this is not the way it's supposed to be. We, not others, care for loved ones when they're ill."

The Martinez family travels from Frederick to the Home every week, but they are quick to say, "it's worth the drive."


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