Grandma With Alzheimer’s Only Knows 1 Song So Granddaughter Sings It With Her Hundreds Of Times

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

In many families, grandparents are just as involved in their grandkids’ upbringing as parents are. In Nicole Coenen’s family, this was especially true. The 24-year-old says that her grandma, Mary-Lou Versteegh, was very much like a second mother to her.

She told Inside Edition, “I can’t remember any part of my childhood where she wasn’t there.”

But Mary-Lou was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and the degenerative condition took away many of her memories.

One of the things she held onto, however, was the song “You Are My Sunshine.” It soon became the only song she remembered.

Nicole visited her once a week. That’s when she would sing it with her, and they ended up performing the duet hundreds of times.

Then, at the age of 81, Mary-Lou passed away. Nicole had filmed all the times they sang together and, in remembrance of Mary-Lou, she compiled all the clips to make a tear-jerking montage.

Watch the clip below to see the duo sing together. It’s sure to make you think about your relationship with your grandparents! When she’s older, Nicole will surely look back, watch this montage, and remember just how special Mary-Lou was to her.

What are some special moments you remember having with your grandmother or grandfather?

Please SHARE if you know Nicole will always treasure these last moments with her grandmother!

Photos: Inside Edition


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