Retired, 76, suffers from Alzheimer's disease and beats a & # 39; life-saving & # 39; friendship with the boy
A heart-warming friendship has developed between a grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and a small boy.
Doug Cheek (76) and Royal (four), both from Los Angeles, are inextricably linked, with the younger being the grandfather of two & # 39; best friend & # 39; calls.
They first met two years ago when Royal & # 39; s mother Laura Luna, 42, started working as a concierge at Doug.
The mother of three struggled one day to find childcare and then took her toddler with her and immediately noticed the & # 39; chemistry & # 39; between the two.
Doug Cheek, 76 and Royal, four, both from Los Angeles, have formed a heart-warming friendship with each other (pictured together)
The pair (pictured playing Domino's) are inseparably linked to the younger being the grandfather of two & # 39; best friend & # 39; calls
Doug & # 39; s wife Tay, 76, also noted the relationship between the duo and asked Laura to bring Royal in all her services.
Laura said: & I was called to Doug's house one day because of an emergency, so I had to take Royal.
& # 39; In the beginning I was worried about what Doug and Tay would say, because I had just started and didn't want to look unprofessional. But they just pulled together and had chemistry immediately, it was so nice to see.
& # 39; I think having someone in the neighborhood helped Doug because it gives him a sense of responsibility and he likes to learn new things at Royal and read him books.
They first met two years ago when Royal & # 39; s mother Laura Luna (photo in the middle with the couple), 42, started working as a concierge for Doug
The mother of three struggled one day to find childcare and then took her toddler with her and immediately noticed the & # 39; chemistry & # 39; in between the two (photo)
Doug & # 39; s wife Tay, 76, also noted the relationship between the duo and asked Laura to bring Royal in all her services. Pictured: the duo enjoy playing dates together during Laura & # 39; s working days
She added: & # 39; Tay asked if I could take Royal again because she noticed that Doug was much happier than normal, so I agreed because Royal has no grandparents living nearby, so it would be nice for him to have a grandfather figure.
& # 39; It was very nice to see their friendship unfold, they almost speak their own language and have a secret handshake.
& # 39; When organizing the fourth birthday party of Royal, Doug was the first friend he wanted to invite, they are really the best friends.
& # 39; They love going to the beach, playing a memory card game, and reading what stimulates Doug's brain. & # 39;
& # 39; When organizing the fourth birthday party of Royal, the first friend he wanted to invite was Doug (pictured with Royal), they are really the best friends, & # 39; Laura said
The youngster even dreams of living full time with best friend Doug (pictured together) and often asks his mother if they can all move in together
Grandfather of two Doug was diagnosed with Alzheimer's five years ago and often gets confused, with some days & # 39; more challenging than others & # 39 ;, said Laura (pictured with the retiree)
The youngster even dreams of living full time with best friend Doug and often asks his mother if they can all move in together.
& # 39; I heard that Royal told his friends about Doug and always asked why we can't all live together, which is super sweet, & # 39; she explained.
& # 39; When Royal goes to school, I think Doug will be a bit lost without him, because he always says "Goodbye, I'm going to miss you" when we leave one evening.
Grandfather of two Doug was diagnosed with Alzheimer's five years ago and often gets confused, with some days & # 39; more challenging than others & # 39 ;, says Laura.
But Laura says that if the couple has a & # 39; tough day & # 39; , going to their beach often improves their mood. Pictured: the duo during their days by the sea
Doug shows off his basketball skills to the four-year-old while enjoying a day out together
& # 39; Some days are harder than others, they are not always rainbows and unicorns. If Royal has a tough day and cries or is upset, Doug can also give up, & she admitted.
& # 39; I have noticed that when Royal and Doug have a tough day, we go to the beach and jump in the waves and change everyone's mood.
& # 39; Royal does not understand what is wrong with Doug, but he says: & # 39; I know you are an & # 39; owie & # 39; in your head, but I'm going to help you & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is great to be able to teach my son how important it is to always be of service to others through this caring task. It has taught Royal to be compassionate and empathetic.
& # 39; Tay calls me her lifesaver and says their lives have changed since we met and even the doctors have noticed that Doug is happier. & # 39;
Follow @adventuresofdougandroyal to see more of their cute friendship.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of progressive neurological disorders, that is, disorders affecting the brain.
There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common.
Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.
Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience his dementia in his own unique way.
Dementia is a global problem, but it is most often seen in richer countries, where people are likely to live to very old ages.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?
The Alzheimer's & # 39; s Society reports that there are more than 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, more than 500,000 of whom have Alzheimer's.
It is estimated that by 2025 the number of people with dementia in the UK will increase to more than 1 million.
In the US there are an estimated 5.5 million people with Alzheimer's. A comparable percentage increase is expected in the coming years.
As the age of a person increases, so does the risk of dementia.
The diagnoses are increasing but many people with dementia are still not diagnosed.
IS THERE A CURE?
There is currently no cure for dementia.
But new drugs can slow their progress and the sooner it is noticed, the more effective are treatments.
Source: Dementia UK
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