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Son singing to his mom with Alzheimer’s will put everything in perspective

'She had more life in her than I've seen in ages.'


Michelle Jaworski


Published Mar 6, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 9:08 am CDT

It’s been a few months since Joe Fraley turned the Internet into a puddle of emotions after playing a song to cheer up his mother with Alzheimer’s, but his update may be even more heartbreaking.

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Since going viral, Fraley’s mother’s condition has rapidly deteriorated. He and his father were unable to continue taking care of her.

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“It is an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility,” Fraley explained. “Me and my Dad used to take care of her but it got to the point where we were unable to take care of her and had to move her into assisted living. I didn’t really want to do it, but we kind of had to, for her well being and ours.”

During a recent visit, Fraley brought his guitar to play another song for his mother. He noted that “she had more life in her than I’ve seen in ages.”

That final moment says so much, and at this point that may be victory enough.

H/T Reddit | Screengrab via Joe Fraley/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 6, 2015, 1:33 pm CST