Memories of Our Dad
Our dad, Neal Badger, was the strongest man we had ever met. He took care of our family and no one was tougher or more of a hero to us than he was.
It was 2008, and he was 63 years old when we first started to see changes in him. He would search for words, and forget things we told him. Gradually, over the next nine years, Lewy body dementia stole our father from us. Everything about him changed. His thinking and movements were slower, his posture became slouched, and his memory continued to deteriorate.
We were now taking care of the man who had always taken care of us. In the year before he passed away, dad needed 24-hour care. Our mother was a saint in the care that she provided for him, and he was able to stay at home because of her. As time went on, his body and mind became weaker.
On January 3, 2017, we received the dreaded phone call. It was mom, “I can’t wake your father up.” Dad had developed an infection that weakened him further, one that he never recovered from. We could easily look back and talk about all the hardships he went through, because there were many, or how difficult it was on us to care for him. We choose to remember the good times instead.
We are so thankful to have lived with, loved, and cared for such a wonderful man.
Kelly Short and Kim Yerkes
I Am a Father. This is My Story
This Father's Day is a time of reflection for me. My name is Doug, and I am 64 years old. After 2 1/2 years and after seeing 7 different specialists, I was finally diagnosed with LBD in December of 2016. It was a long road just to obtain my diagnosis. My wife, our teenage daughter, and I were relieved to at least know what was going on and what we were up against.
I am taking things day by day. I know that God is in control and has blessed me with His grace, and a loving family. We are, of course, going through this together and I'm grateful for everyone in my family and our LBDA family who is so supportive. There are days that are better than others, but my faith is strong and I try to continue to keep a positive outlook.
I know that many may just be starting their journey with LBD or others are enduring various symptoms. Always remember that you are not alone. You always have a choice. You can cry, be angry, or laugh. In my experience, laughter is the best option. Even though it may be hard to find humor while facing daily challenges... move forward anyway.
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This Father's Day, spare a though for all affected by LBD.
Make a donation to LBDA to promote awareness of LBD within the medical community, provide support to caregivers, and champion research efforts.
Great men, like Neal Badger, were taken too soon. Great men, like Doug Malcom, are still enduring the struggles of LBD. We envision a world where no one suffers from this cruel disease.
Help us help others. Give for your brother, uncle, husband, father, or friend. Honor him by donating in his name, or donate because you share our vision to rid the world of Lewy body dementia.