Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are the number one reason that folks like you and I will need care one day. It can happen to anyone--whether it 'runs in your family' or not. It is an insidious disease whose tentacles go far beyond the person diagnosed. Often, it's the family caregiver (a spouse, for instance) that is just as much a victim. The person diagnosed often is unaware of the ramifications of the disease but the caregiver sees it, up close and personal, on a daily basis.
Currently, 5 million families are dealing with this disease and that number continues to grow. There is no cure. Drugs may help lessen the downward spiral but there is no drug to reverse or halt the damage.
My friend, Barb, suffers from dementia. We started to notice 'changes' 5+ years ago when Barb was not even 70. Neither Barb's mom nor dad had the disease. They died at ripe old ages with great acuity. The changes in Barb came out of nowhere. It's been a very long road and she is now being professionally cared for. She still recognizes me, for now. She's thrilled when she sees me via FaceTime but I know there will be a day when she doesn't get excited because she will no longer recognize me. I'm not counting on a cure for Barb but I am hopeful that Barb's story will encourage you and others to donate so that the research can continue to find the cure to Alzheimer's and related dementias.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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