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.
My mom was diagnosed with FTD (frontotemporal dementia). This disease causes her to lose her speech, ability to write, read, or take care of herself. When we finally were able to convince her to go to a doctor she had to go through 2 days of testing. Trust us it was the hardest thing we ever had to make her do she was very angry with us and made that clear every day. When the diagnosis came back a month later I was in shock on actually how bad it was. She was so far into the disease, it was like her brain was a toddler and we were told she would need 24/7 care immediately no waiting. So my sister and I had another hard decision to make that we knew she would be angry about but we knew it was best for her because I couldn’t give her the care she needed. In the time of getting my mom to an assisted living location she decided to go for a walk while I wasn’t home and she had a major fall. She had no ID on her and couldn’t explain to anyone where she lived she was hurt and bleeding and thankfully because of many good people still in the world they got my mom to a hospital, who then found me and my husband to let us know. That day I cried and cried knowing how much worse it could have been. Till this day we have no idea how she actually fell or what happened.
The choices we had to make to get my mom the help she needed were the hardest and still some of the hardest things I have had to go through. She told me and my sister we hated her and she couldn’t believe we were doing this to her, having people or family not agreeing with the choices you are making to help your family member or parent doesn’t make it any easier and you would be surprised how that does come up.... But in the short year she has been at the assisted living she has progressed to the point of not able to bathe herself, know how to put makeup on, get dressed herself, I even notice now sitting up straight and holding things are difficult. It’s hard to understand what she is trying to say to you and some days she doesn’t remember us. The team of nurses and people that are with her though are truly angels. We are so very blessed to have found them. But this disease is awful and there isn’t a medication to reverse it or make her better. I pray they find something to help those who could have a chance. So if you are able please donate, please let’s try to find a way to end Alzheimer’s, Dementia...all the types of these diseases to give people the life they deserve to live.
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