Norma Wintz’s great-granddaughters looked into her eyes—eyes that had always beamed with light, joy, and love. But that day, the light and joy were barely flickering. Both had been dimmed by old age, and the disease of Alzheimer’s.
“I know you,” Norma said to the girls. “I can’t remember your names, but I know I love you.”
The girls’ hearts ached with pain and happiness at the same time. They hurt because Grandma Norma didn’t recognize them, but felt good that she could still feel the love.
The year was 2017, and Norma was in her late 80s at the time. She was a resident at the Falls City Care Center in Falls City, Neb., and had been since 2014, when she needed a place to recover after a fall at her home.
“We had hoped it would just be for a short time,” daughter Linda Frederick of Falls City