The Alzheimer’s Association says that 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
Ricky Evans, has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at just 66 years of age, and is struggling with mobility from the year of 2011. He is being cared for by his son, Dean Evans who is a marine veteran.
Dean posted a video of his 3-year-old daughter, Paisley Evans, dancing with her grandfather recently which has been garnering thousands of likes from the netizens.
*Grab your tissues*
My daughter wanted to dance with my dad. She wanted him to go to a ball with her so she grabbed her Disney dress. Melts my heart. My dad has Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Parkinson’s only 66 years old. She is 3.
Posted by Dean Evans on Saturday, February 23, 2019
Paisley can be seen wearing a princess gown which changes colors and sparkled as she swirled and twirled in her living room. Her grandfather, unable to stand on his own, wore a hospital gown.
He wrote on the video shared on his Facebook, “My daughter wanted to dance with my dad,” “She wanted him to go to a ball with her so she grabbed her Disney dress. Melts my heart.” Evans can be seen standing behind his dad, supporting him as he danced with Paisley.
Paisley can be seen holding her grandfather’s hands and dancing to the song “Tale as Old as Time” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
Evans left the military after serving eight years so that he could live with and care for his parents in Waldorf, Maryland.
Serving as a marine is a sacrifice to many, but even bigger than that is taking care of our loved ones with dementia where there are days and nights filled with exhaustion, grief, endless medications and doctor visits.
That is when precious times like this sweet moment shared between Paisley and her dad, can really put a beautiful smile on their faces and make them smile even in their pain and sorrow.