I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. 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.
When I was a teenager, my mother began struggling to perform daily activities. Doctors insisted it was depression, sent her to a psychiatrist who put her on medications - that made her condition worse. We finally found a medical center that diagnosed her with pre-senile dementia, supposedly very rare, and now called early-onset Alzheimer's.
Dad and I weren't taught how to assist Mom, and insurance denied any help except to put her in a nursing home. Regrettably, we did. Over two weeks, she dramatically and quickly declined, so we brought her home. I was working full time and attending college part time, but I left college for as long as my Mom needed me.
By the time we could get professional help, my Dad and I had back injuries and I had broken fingers. At long last, we were able to hire LPNs to train us and help with her care. We were able to keep her at home and take her on outings that she enjoyed. Unfortunately, our friends and relatives would not visit our home, let alone help in anyway. A hug would have meant so much to us.
Caring for my sweet Mom was the hardest thing I ever did, and also the best thing I ever did. But Dad and I should not have been denied help, training, and emotional support for so long and should not have been alone.
That is why I Walk to End Alzheimer's. I don't want another person who is a caregiver for a family member to struggle as we did. I want them to have information, assistance, training, and love.
And I want a cure.
Together, we can support family caregivers and end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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