In the middle of July, I lost my grandfather, Seward Irland, in his short fight against cancer. It was only a year prior that my mother had told me that he had begun to develop Alzheimer's as signs of dementia were beginning to appear.
On the first days of August, I lost my other grandfather, Robert Minasian, as he had taken a fall in his old age and had a brain bleed that deteriorated his health. My grandfather had Alzheimer's for years, and so many days he might not remember everyone and other days he would remember stories he had not told in years. Other days, his dementia would peak up and so he would hallucinate and become paranoid about things that were not true. It was quite a rollercoaster, but he always remembered me, and up to his last day, in one of his last conscious moments, I even got a smile out of him.
And so, I am leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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