ROSEBURG, Ore. - Sandy Montgomery cares for her mother Clara daily, but Clara can no longer recognize her own daughter.
"Emotionally it's hard because this person that you cared about all your life, has been your role model, the changes in them they start to revert where more and more they need more and more guidance with everything," Sandy said.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the country.
In Douglas County, this Sunday's Walk to End Alzheimer's at Stewart Park is to help educate and support people in the local Alzheimer's community.
For Clara, momentos from her past help reel her back in to the present.
And when words fail, Sandy communicates with Clara in other ways.
"Either with a touch, with a kiss, keeping her company when we eat," she said. "Throughout this disease with my mom, I just want her always to know that she's loved."