An Ohio man captured on video the heartbreaking moment his mother, a dementia sufferer, was no longer able to recognize him. Joey Daley, 45, has been documenting his mother’s decline into the abyss in a weekly video series on YouTube titled “Mother and Son’s Journey with Dementia.” Molly, his mom, is 67 and her condition has been worsening precipitously since she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia at 65. She’s forced to live in a nursing home and is unable to bathe herself or remember to take her medication.
Earlier in the day, Molly had been unable to recall who her husband, Joey’s father, was. As the two paused for a frosty and a coffee at Wendy’s, Joey reminds Molly that he’d forgotten who his dad during a previous conversation. Then, he asked her if she knew who his mother is. Molly appears confounded by the question, so Joey rephrases it and asks a few more times. He asks her how she thinks they met, and she guesses, “High school?”
Eventually, he has to explain to her that she is his mom.
Later, while behind the wheel of his car, Joey reflects on what he witnessed. Breaking into tears, he tells the camera, “Hardest day of my life. When you’re mother doesn’t know who you are.” Beginning to sob, Joey says, “She knows my name, but doesn’t know who I am.”
“I know I’m not the first child to go through this with their mother or father and I won’t be the last,” Joey wrote in a message accompanying the video. “I now know the loss and pain they felt when this horrible day finally came. This day I will never forget.”
Lewy Body Dementia (or Disease) is the same condition that Robin Williams was secretly suffering from when he committed suicide in. Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, revealed his struggle with the disease in an emotional essay last September. According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, the disease is not as rare as some might think because it closely resembles “other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”
Watch Joey’s complete video below. It runs about 25 minutes, and the point where he and his mother sit down for the heart-wrenching conversation starts at the 8:17 mark.
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