Frances Smersh Frances and Friends

Welcome to our CaringBridge website designed to help the Smersh's with their increasing need for support.  As you know, less than 4 years ago at the age of 48, Frances was diagnosed with Young-Onset Alzheimer's disease. While she remains the same vibrant, creative and bright spirit that she has always been there is no doubt that the disease is progressing. She now needs assistance dressing and can no longer write her name. She is unsteady on her feet, jumbles and forgets words, and needs help with meals and transactions. 

At this time the Smersh's are in real need from those of you who are willing and able to volunteer your time.  We have the following opportunities to help out:

1.  SPEND REGULARLY SCHEDULED TIME WITH FRANCES. When John needs to work or has other commitments we need someone who can help her get showered, dressed, take medications, and start the day or, have dinner with her and help her wind down for the night.  We have a written guide for spending time together as well as people who have been doing it who would be happy to guide you if you're unsure what will be involved! 

2.  IF YOU WANT TO HELP BUT ARE UNABLE TO DO SO AT THIS TIME:  We know that sometimes it’s impossible to make this kind of commitment no matter how badly you want to do so.  If you are unable to sign up please consider a donation for the cost of a caregiver for a few hours once per week, approximately $75. Please connect with our site for donations.

3.  PREPARE OR ORDER DINNER FOR THEM.  We are hoping to fill two meals per week, Mondays and Wednesdays.  John is vegetarian and prefers to avoid gluten.  Frances should not have eggs or bananas.

WHAT TO DO:  Click on ‘Ways to Help’, then click on ‘Planner’.  Sign up!  
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact:

Natalie (Frances’s Sister, currently in Japan time zone): ( or through iMessage, FaceTime, WhatsApp or wifi calling 818-903-5122 

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