Alzheimer's disease tries to kills everyone it comes in contact with.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
If allowed to do so Alzheimer's will try to kill everyone it comes in touch with.
A person living with Alzheimer's dies from complication from Alzheimer's disease.
But Alzheimer's doesn't stop there. It tries to kill the brain of the Alzheimer's caregiver. Nearly 40 percent of AD caregivers end up living with depression for a time.
Alzheimer's destroys family relationships. Alzheimer's causes family and friends to abandon not only the person living with Alzheimer's but also their Caregiver.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) robs its victims 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.
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Alzheimer's does not stop with the caregiver. It drives family members and friends away. Often they disappear.
Friends and family often abandon the person living with Alzheimer's. 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 Alzheimer's disease 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 sitting in the front row, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, are the Alzheimer's caregivers.
As 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.
Obviously, this is not always the case; but sadly, it is a very 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.
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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?
It is time to choose.
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This is the plain truth. I was shocked to realize that our adult children didn't have time to even phone, email, or even send a short note. I have felt abandoned by church, friends, family. But the ones that are there for us - they are GOLD!
Pamela A De Paoli
My mother would always act normal when I took her to her cardiologist..the only doctor she would see..which would lead him to look at me and say...don't stress so much..she's fine..just go home and relax!!!
Reannon Jensen Huls
Unfortunately this is very true..
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CitationPublisher: Alzheimer's Reading Room.
Author: Bob DeMarco.
May 7, 2018
Title: Alzheimer's Tries to Kill Everyone It Touches