Can you imagine getting lost going to the grocery store you've been visiting for 20+ years?
Or tying to hold a job when your mind is slipping, only to be let go for incompetence? When you really should have been respectfully retired?
Or worse yet, being financially taken advantage of by people who've convinced you they are your "friends"?
Six years following his dementia diagnosis, my dad's body finally gave up. Little did we know that he had ALZ the entire time.
Interesting fact: an autopsy is the only way to be absolutely certain someone has ALZ. Other tests can give you a good idea, but you can't say for certain that someone had ALZ until after their death.
In the end, he may not have known my name, but he always called me his "beautiful daughter". I consider myself one of the lucky ones that he always remembered my face.
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 ALZ. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. With your help, we are a step closer to a cure.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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