At the bottom of Wuillermania's picture are two knotted lengths of yarn. They don't resemble actual crochet at all.
“I don’t remember exactly when she stopped being able to crochet for good,” Wuillermania wrote on Reddit. “She made squares for a while, then circles, then the little pieces of crochet, until she got to the point where she just carried around the needles and yarn in her purse (which was otherwise empty since she couldn’t really hold on to valuables anymore.)”
Here's a picture showing the entire progression:
“At this point,” Wuillermania wrote about her mother, “she is completely non-verbal and unable to care for herself in any way (eating, bathing, dressing, walking unsupervised, etc.), but physically she is still relatively healthy.”
“To the amazement of many, including her doctors, she has now lived 12 years since her initial diagnosis (they credit the level of at-home care she’s been receiving by my family — especially her caretaker and my dad, who is truly a saint).”
Another Redditor replied to Wuillermania's compelling image with a painting done by their own mother:
“I’ve been through almost the very same thing with my mother too,” they wrote. Their family decided to have one of her last great painting professionally frame.
“The painting is of our family cottage, which was her very favourite place to be. It’s not blue in real life, but it was how she saw the sun and the colour that day. She was always obsessed with colour, even as her health and lucidity declined… Her hospital room is papered with not only photos of family, but also of photos of brightly coloured flowers.”
Here's another group of pictures that shows the progression of Alzheimer's from another painter's perspective:
The paintings were created by artist William Utermohlen.
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1995 and began creating many self-portraits as the disease worsened. By the year 2000, he no longer recognized his own face.
Alzheimer's is a horrifying disease, but those who suffer from it aren't completely without joy in their lives.
This touching video shows a mother with Alzheimer’s sharing an incredibly sweet moment with her beloved daughter.
If you’d like to donate to Alzheimer’s research, you can do so at alz.org.