A handful of years ago, my sisters, dad and I started realizing that something had changed with Mom's ability to remember small things. At first, we just brushed it off. Then, paired with her chronic dizziness, her memory issues seemed to get worse. After many doctors appointments, we found out about seven years ago what we had been fearing - she has Alzheimer’s.
I feel that there isn't a lot of awareness in public about the disease. Society is catered to a young, fast-paced life, and that's really hard to keep up with if you have Alzheimer's. It's hard for my mom to make a decision on a menu at a restaurant, and oftentimes waitstaff can get impatient. It can be very isolating when you feel like no one gets you.
I am making it my goal to spread the word about Alzheimer's. I know that I probably have more of a chance of getting it than other people might; not only does my mom have it, my maternal grandma did too. I also know that Alzheimer’s a minimal a concern for most people my age. However, this is a very real disease that affects too many people, and something needs to be done about it.
The Alzheimer's Association has tremendously helped my family - from providing resources, to helping us at support groups, to even recommending a doctor for my mom to see, and helped advise us when mom transitioned to memory care. They have been with us every step of the way. In fact, I have become so passionate about the cause that I have grown professionally and am now a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and have worked in the senior care industry for about 5 years. The Alzheimer’s Association has helped me prepare for this career path. Any support for the Alzheimer's Association furthers the chance of finding prevention, treatment, and a cure (of which there are currently none). Let's put an end to Alzheimer's!
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