The picture is of my mom, Kathren Mees, taken in 2016 at age 95. The first thing we noticed about my mom was that she was forgetting to take her medicine, or she would take a double dose, not remembering that she had already taken them. For her own safety, we moved her to a nursing home.
For more years than I can remember I would call my mom on the way home from work and we would have about 30 to 40 minutes of uninterrupted girl chat, until four years ago her short-term memory was only about 20 to 30 seconds and a call lasting more than 2 minutes was rare. After that, she declined rapidly and we lost her in May of 2017.
I miss my mom and best friend! I wish that nobody would have to suffer the pain of watching their loved one go through the ravages of Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this terrible disease........yet.
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and up to 16 million by 2050.
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia
Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease
In 2016, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the nation $236 Billion
It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined
It is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed
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