Furry animals and babies usually top the cuteness charts. But is there anything better than seeing 2 aging seniors still hopelessly in love? I mean, it’s got to at least come pretty close.
In a video, uploaded to YouTube by Christy Velasquez, her parents, married 50 years, give the world a heartwarming reminder of just how strong true love can be.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on September 5th, 2017, and Velasquez’s description reads, “Alzheimer’s has taken away my Daddy’s ability to dance but today is Mama’s 80th birthday and we don’t know what next year will bring so needed to give my Mama this special moment.”
The Alzheimer’s Association says Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for about 60-80% of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s causes changes in thinking and behavior, as well as memory problems.
According to Daily Mail, Velasquez’s parents had always loved to dance. Since her father’s diagnosis, however, the family feared that he had lost the ability to waltz like he had before; they weren’t sure if he was physically capable or if he would remember the moves.
But on Velasquez’s mother’s 80th birthday, her father gave his wife a special birthday present— and the internet has been collectively reaching for tissues ever since.
The video shows the older men being helped up by a relative in a cowboy hat. While this is happening, you can hear loud, lovely music playing in the background.
The relative slowly leads the senior to the other side of the room. Although the older man stumbles, he quickly makes it into the arms of his waiting wife, placing his hands on her shoulder. The look of pure joy on their faces evident.
The aging Texan couple dances like they are young again. Their family members wait close by in case the man happens to need physical support. The dance begins with beaming smiles, and it doesn’t take long until they are are weeping tears of joy.
The video is short, but it is incredibly heartwarming. You can tell it was an extremely emotional moment for Velasquez’s parents, and even their family members have trouble holding back tears while watching them dance.
According to statistics, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and 1/10 are 65 years or older. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but if you’d like to donate to research, please do so here.
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