Alzheimer's disease tries to kill anything and everything it comes in contact with.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Alzheimer's disease (AD) robs its victim of the ability to perform normal everyday activities. Activities that most of us take for granted.
Alzheimer's affects more than memory. It affects the ability to think, to concentrate, to make judgements, and it affects mood.
Alzheimer's does not stop with the person who is living with dementia.
Alzheimer's tries to kill everyone that comes in contact with the disease.
Alzheimer's attacks the brains of Alzheimer's caregivers. Nearly 40 percent of AD caregivers end up living with depression for a time.
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AD doesn't stop with the caregiver. It drives family members and friends away. Often they disappear.
Friends and family often abandon the person living with AD. They also abandon the AD caregiver.
They abandon both the patient and the caregiver when they need them the most.
Alzheimer's disease strikes fear into the hearts of men and women alike. People fear what they don't understand.
Ignorance is bliss. Or, is it?
When family and friends run away from AD they fail to understand they are also running from from two real live human beings.
As a result, Alzheimer's disease often kills relationships. Family relationships end. Relationships with friends end.
Alzheimer's tries to kill anything and everything it comes in contact with.
There are combatants fighting the war against Alzheimer's. Researchers, scientists, professional caregivers, geriatric care managers, support group moderators. The list goes on.
But on the front line, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, are the Alzheimer's caregivers.
We give up our lives for a time. We do this unselfishly with great care, compassion, and love.
We do this while those we rely on the most abandon us.
Sure this is not always the case. But it is the most common occurrence.
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
~ Thomas Moore
Soon it will be very difficult to run and hide. In the not so distant future there will be two kinds of people.
Those who have Alzheimer's disease.
And, those who know someone that has Alzheimer's disease.
You can run and you can hide. Or, you can get educated.
You better do something because if you don't, and if you live long enough, you will become the person that is being abandoned.
Abandoned by those who you loved and trusted the most.
You get to choose.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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