I'm 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.
My mother has been living with Alzheimer's for for almost 8 years. What began as simply forgetting where is had placed important items and information, has progressed to needing help with taking care of all of her personal needs. We have been so fortunate to have found her a wonderful place to live at Atria assisted living. It is truly a family at Atria.
While we are lucky that we can afford a wonderful living location for her, other families are not so lucky. The strain on families living with someone who has Alzheimer's is unimaginable. The roles of parents and children totally change as the Alzheimer's advances, placing the child in charge of the welfare of the parent. As the disease progresses the level of care increases, resulting a demanding 24/7 situation. Families witness the life of their loved one drastically change. It is difficult to watch my mother forget who I am, that she has 3 children and 6 grandchildren or become confused and agitated when she is in what we consider a normal situation such as a car ride, trip to the dentist or on the occasion when a ER visit occurs, knowing all the while, this is not how she would have chosen to live out her final years. The symptoms and progression of Alzheimer's varies in each individual, but the end result is the same, as the shell of the former loved one waits for life to end.
The research being conducted is advancing toward finding a cure for this life changing disease, as well as methods of earlier diagnosis. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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