This year I add to the list of those I've lost to Alzheimer's and dementia:
My uncle battled for years, like his mother, with a healthy body but diseased mind. He finally succumbed last December.
This spring we lost my mother-in-law very suddenly. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, and we feel like the affects on her brain impacted her sudden passing.
We lost dad last year to a disease that sent him quickly into late-stage dementia. I was again reminded of the last stages of mom's (and grandmother's) Alzheimer's disease.
With mom, I ended up being grateful for the pneumonia and stroke that aided in a quick decline, versus the years that my grandmother spent with an absent mind.
With my participation, I want to help the Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's. There is a lot of research going on, but little to effectively slow the disease, much less cure it. Secondly, I want to help spread awareness of the severity of the disease and the care and support that the Association has available for those individuals with Alzheimer's, along with their caregivers.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Imagine the impact of those numbers... on those with Alzheimer's and those entrusted with their care.
Thank you for joining our movement! The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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