I often hear people say that a person suffering from Alzheimer's is not the person they knew. I wonder to myself - Who are they then? ~Bob DeMarco
You know, people get frustrated because their loved ones who have Alzheimer's, oh, he doesn't recognize me anymore, how can I recognize this person, if they don't recognize me? They're not the same person.
Well, they are the same person, but they've got a brain disease. And it's not their fault they've got this disease.~Ron Reagan
_____________________________________________I am saddened when I hear these words --this is not the person I knew -- because those words objectify the person suffering from Alzheimer's.
When you objectify a person you also dehumanize them.
Once dehumanized the person becomes a villain.~ Bob DeMarco
People think it's a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer's. But in my mother's case, it's different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. For the first time in her life, she's happy.
My father started growing very quiet as Alzheimer's started claiming more of him. The early stages of Alzheimer's are the hardest because that person is aware that they're losing awareness.
And I think that that's why my father started growing more and more quiet.~Patti Davis
Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. It was painful for me and my family to watch my grandfather deteriorate. We must find a cure for this horrible disease.
~David Hyde Pierce
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