In the Words of Donna Lee, Daughter

Families with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients Share Their Stories

Syble Lee

Left to Right: 2 Donna Lee and Syble Lee
I have a journal with ‘tidbits’ of things I remember to write down. Recently, someone from Choices, the Commission on Aging, was at my house for an evaluation. She asked Mom her name and after some time I repeated the question.

“You caught me at a bad time,” she said.

Then the lady asked her who I was. Same reaction. I repeated the question.

“Do you know who I am,” I asked, pointing to my face.

Mom looked at me and answered, “Mouth,” which is where I was pointing.

After getting the information she needed from me, the lady from Choices took mom’s hand and told her good-bye.

Mom said, “Don’t go!”

Knowing Mom is very paranoid, I started telling her that the lady would be very careful and everything would be ok. The lady thought this was sweet and began to reassure her also.

Suddenly, Mom looked at her and said, “Get on out of here!”

The lady hugged me and left laughing.


  • Keep a journal to help you process what’s happening to your loved one.
  • Accept help from others.
  • Laugh often.

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Donna Lee

Donna Lee, Assistant Controller

Donna Lee received her Bacherlor’s degree in secondary education. She taught at Memphis State as a graduate student, as well as 7th and 8th grade. She began her career in bookkeeping and office management as part of a 15-year family business. In August of 1982, she came to work at MidSouth Foundation for Medical Care, now known as Qsource, where she has worked the Human Resources and Accounting departments.