The devastation that Alzheimer's disease and dementia creates for the person and their family is too much to put into words. My grandfather suffered from dementia and passed away when I was pretty young. I wasn't old enough to really grasp what was going on. What I do remember crystal clear is the way it made my dad feel. I remember him being saddened to his core by his father's deteriorating mental state.
Unfortunately, I now find myself in the same position as my father. I'm watching the man I've loved and admired since the day I was born forget people he was once so close to. The man that was once the life of the party, that everyone got along with, can barely string together a full sentence. I see the constant look of confusion on his face. The frustration as he tries to get out the words to describe his muddled thoughts. Even worse, is that I'm seeing the man lose his sense of self a little more and more each day. Luckily, the one thing that hasn't diminished is the genuine Love I see in his eyes.
No person or family should ever have to go through this, that's why I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's(R). Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 14 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.
“There is one thing Alzheimer's can't take away, and that is love. Love is not a memory - it's a feeling that resides in your heart and soul.”
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