By: Joaquin Palerm
Aida Toro eating breakfast in her room while enjoying some television. Before moving in with her daughters family Aida use to eat “Frosted Flakes” with cut up banana every morning. “What are you doing? Did you eat already? Want some?”
After her breakfast she changed into ‘going-out’ clothing and goes for some coffee in the kitchen, which she usually can’t make on her own but this time she did. She has drank coffee for many years, even as a little girl. “Mayra!, help me heat this up!“.
Aida goes for a little walk outside while having a ‘conversation’ with Zeus the house dog. Throughout her life she has always been an animal lover. “Zeus are you okay?, go eat; want me to bring you food?“.
After her fieldtrip Aida goes upstairs to watch television with the family. Years ago she became obsessed with certain channels which later dominated her Alzheimer stage. “When is Sabado Gigante coming?”.
While watching television she tends to scratch her face because of an itch, doctors have found that Alzheimer patients tend to develop a compulsive action. Aida Toro use to be a strong woman with a straight-up personality. “I’m not doing it, let me be”.
Aida hates it when she’s ordered to change clothes, but changes by herself like 4 times a day. Before this Alzheimer stage she use to be very strict with her clothing and pretty much everything else. “This mother of yours is making me change and I don’t know why”.
Aida Toro taking most of her clothing out to see what she will put on while being mad because she cant find her yellow pajamas. Ever sense her Alzheimer diagnostic, Aida stores more than just clothing in her drawers. “Have you seen the yellow ones? I cant find them Jota”.
After almost 20 minutes she sits in her bed watching television wearing her pink pajamas. Before becoming an Alzheimer’s patient she use to have her daily clothes ready for when she would change; use to be very organized. “Tell you’re mother to come here, I still cant find my yellow pajamas”.
Looking for that last picture, we find Aida Toro feeding the house dogs with her blue pajamas once again. From a strict woman to a little girl, that’s how her daughter describes it. “I’m telling Zeus to let Picasso eat, but he doesn’t understand me, you tell him so I can go change”.
The best photo was taken on that sunday’s night out; Aida Toro tries to steal Joaquin’s beer until her daughter Mayra caught her. Aida use to enjoy the occasional drink before being diagnosed with Alzheimers. “but why not?”.