“My parents, Louis and Rebecca Lestz, were married for over 70 years. They died at the ages of 93 and 94 years old.
My mother, Rebecca, started showing signs of the disease in her late 70's. She did a good job of hiding it, but when I visited her, I noticed that some of her clothes were unclean. My father covered up my mother's failing memory by helping her cook. At first, I thought he was just 'supervising', as was his personality, but soon realized my mother would not remember how to cook without his help.
My father's Alzheimer's became noticeable when he reached the age of 90. A NJ neurologist confirmed the diagnosis after my father was unable to remember simple words such as shoe or pen.
I called someone at the Alzheimer's Association when looking for appropriate NJ residences for them. The website helped me ascertain what stages of the disease my parents had reached.
The most heartbreaking moment for me occurred after my father died. Up until that time, my parents had been inseparable. After my father died, my mother did not remember him.
My son, Daniel, graduated from high school last June, 2012. He wanted to send tributes in honor of the teachers who wrote college recommendation letters for him. What better way to honor his grandparents and teachers than by donating to the Alzheimer's Association.”
- Gayle Stein
A tribute gift, sometimes known as an honor gift, shows love and respect, and says the world is a better place because of someone. It generally is given for a milestone occasion or accomplishment, such as:
- Mother’s or Father’s Day
- Religious or secular holidays
- Religious Celebrations (confirmations or bar/bat mitzvahs, for example)
- Birth of a child
- Honoring someone who lives with the disease
- Honoring a caregiver
When you give a tribute gift through the Alzheimer’s Association, we will send the person being honored a notice of your generosity.
Annual gifts of $1,000 or more designate you as an Alois Society contributor in grateful appreciation of your outstanding commitment.
You may make tribute gifts by calling us at 973.586.4300, or by mailing to the address below:
Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter
400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251
Denville, NJ 07834
If you have questions about tribute gifts, please call 973.586.4300.