Alzheimer's sucks. Thats just a fact of life like grandmas' always being slightly racist and grandpas' wearing plaid shirts. The stupid disease doesn't mean you have to lock up grandpa and forget about the guy. Here's a list of some awesome things that you can do that will make both his and your day amazing.
1. RECORD GRAMPS
How old was he when he first tried whiskey? Does he regret anything? What's his definition of love? I promise you it will be more valuable then any lunch photo's taking up space on your iPhone. Make sure you have 4gb of space for an hour of time. Need help with questions? Check out our list (shameless plug).
Diners: The great relic of America's past. Take gramps to the local eatery. He's probably going to want to pay (free meal), and you'll get the chance to chat it up with someone three times your age. Were the 50's really like Grease with Travolta? What was his grandpa like? Grab a milkshake, fries, and a burger: find all that out.
3. PHOTO SHOOT
Smarthphone, a couple props, and a willing model: thats all you need. Snap away and make him a star. This also doubles as a great budget Christmas idea. Print and frame some awesome shots for family members. If he's really into it, theme it up and shoot an "Awesome Gramps" Calendar spread. For ideas, check out @hipsterbabushka (shameless plug)
4. SNAPCHAT & ICECREAM
Let's be honest - everyone loves snapchat filters. Don't have the app? Crawl out from under the rock and download it just for an afternoon of laughing till you cry. Giving hardcore gramps a crown of flowers will be the highlight of your families group text's and pairing it with an ice cream adventure is like Christmas. He's diabetic? Then its off to the pizza shop.
5. REACTION VIDEO
Youtube is everything that is right (and wrong) with the internet. Find a video gramps would question humanity for (pineapple apple pen?) set up your laptops front facing camera, and allow the magic to follow. Just stay away from those scary shock-value videos. No one wants a heart attack.
6. TACO TUESDAY
Grandpa + Hipster Taco's = best food review ever. Our generation has invested organic water and his generation still remembers polio. Having him try tofu for the first time will have to be a moment to record.
7. HOBBY TIME
Whatever gramps loves, cut four hours out of your week and ask him to teach you. Contrary to popular belief, the internet can't teach you everything and he probably has a trick or two up his sleeve you won't find anywhere else.
8. THROWBACK THURSDAY
Dust off that old album of his and ask him about where that picture on the beach was taken. LAYOUT will let you post a pic of him, then and now. 50+ years can put miles on a guy, but lets be real, you can only hope to look as good as he does at his age.
9. JAZZ NIGHT
Yelp a restaurant that has some live music, plead with your parents to get everyone there, and watch the sparks fly. Live music, your grandma in pearls, an da good dinner is a perfect time to egg him on to showing off his moves. No one dancing? Take your grandma's hand and be the first one to hit the floor. Seeing her shuffle should get his 25 year old self ready to go and take your place.
Alzheimer's doesn't mean he's out of his mind, it just means life has gotten hazy. Everyday is a gift with your grandpa and its great to remind him. Making him feel like a grandpa still will make you feel like you're doing "grandkid" well. Make him laugh, make him smile, and you're job is done. If you have any other idea's, comment below and we'll add them to the archive of awesome Alz activities.