More than 35 years ago, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Ever since, our nation has been honoring the special bond between grandchildren and grandparents. The idea was originated by Marian McQuade, whose intention was to focus on seniors living in nursing homes wanting companionship.
There are numerous ways grandchildren can share love and gratitude to their grandparents. But what happens when the grandparent has Alzheimer's or a related form of memory loss and can no longer recall the name of their grandchild, or may no longer remember that they have a grandchild?