Alzheimer’s patient suddenly recognises her daughter

By Kirstin Buick
05 September 2014

It's a scene that simultaneously fills your heart and breaks it. This elderly woman with Alzheimer’s had a brief moment of clarity when she recognised her daughter, and told her she loved her.

As TIME points out, taking on the task of caring for a loved one Alzheimer’s is a struggle -- but it seems a thankless task when that person doesn't even know who you are. Kelly Gunderson of Georgia who looks after her mom Daphne Tresher (87), documents the daily struggle she faces.

'I never know what I’m going to get when I’m talking with her'

“I had been taping her, just asking her questions or singing, Jesus Loves Me,” Kelly told “That morning, I was just lying in bed with her, and we were just talking, and I decided to do a selfie video.”

Out of the blue, Daphne suddenly remembers who Kelly is, and even tells her she loves her.

“I never know what I’m going to get when I’m talking with her,” hairstylist Kelly added. “I was just enjoying it. And then, when she said my name — and I have an identical twin sister — so, when she said ‘Kelly,’ it just caught me off guard.”

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