“In the first public acknowledgment that legendary former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal has been living with dementia for several years, his wife, Edith, told members of a state legislative committee Tuesday of the emotional and physical toll.” Austin, TX., statesman.com (2/2012).
“Every day since Darrell’s diagnosis of dementia, I deal with the stress of managing everything without my best friend at my side helping me make decisions,” Edith Royal said while testifying during a hearing of the interim joint House committee studying Alzheimer’s disease.
She also told how their “football family” from the University of Texas returns from all parts of the country almost daily to shower Darrell with love, engage him in activities, play music, sing for him, take him out for a barbecue sandwich or a ride in a new pickup truck, and, as importantly, provide some element of relief for me.
Edith Royal is seeing the kindness and generosity that is so much needed by all caregivers and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It’s wonderful to see those in Texas rally round the family with support, love and kindness. All our best wishes go with Darrell Royal and Edith! And a big thank you to them for remembering others with the Alzheimer’s Reasearch Fund.
According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, Texas ranks third in the nation in the number of people with Alzheimer’s. The Royals, in setting up the private fund, hope that state and private funds will flow to the DKR Fund to advance research of the disease. Donations can be made at www.dkrfund.org. The organization’s large board of advisers includes current Texas coach Mack Brown.
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