Like many people, I always felt Alzheimer's was a distant disease - touching other people's lives but never my own. Then I started working with the senior population. I noticed individuals I had come to know and love start to become more forgetful. They would ask the same questions over and over - like many family members I became frustrated. As I learned more about Alzheimer's, however, I came to understand this behavior wasn't unusual and certainly not because the individual wasn't paying attention or trying to be irritating. Someone explained it as short-circuit in memory and that's certainly what I've seen.
A few years ago, my brother-in-law started showing symptoms. I was able to refer his wife to the Alzheimer's Association locally and they offered suggestions on care and treatment and even facilities when his condition deteriorated further. They were very helpful and caring. Their support meant a lot to her.
The work is important - the research - the education - the support. Please help in whatever way you can.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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