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Alzheimer's and Dementia as an Outsider

Updated on August 23, 2017

All About Alzheimer's:

  1. Symptoms develop slowly and get worse over time
  2. They interfere with every day tasks
  3. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia
  4. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING
  5. Aged 65 years and older are most likely to form this disease
  6. There is no cure for this disease
  7. Treatments for symptoms are available
  8. Research is continuing!

Source

"We Never Think How Great A Gift Is To Think,

Cherish your thoughts."

All About Dementia:

  1. General decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life
  2. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia
  3. Alzheimer's accounts for 60-80 percent of cases
  4. Vascular dementia is the second leading cause
  5. Many other conditions can cause symptoms of dementia
  6. Often incorrectly referred to as "senile dementia"
  7. Incorrect belief that this is a normal part of aging

Source

"We Remember Their Love,

when they no longer can."

My story as an outsider:

Two years ago, my grandfather had a stroke. We took him to the hospital only to find out that there was much more wrong with him than just a stroke. He had diabetes which we had already known but what we did not know, was he was not taking his medication. He suffered some body injuries from his fall and was doing physical therapy for a bit. He had stopped going to this also. This showed as he was frail and never in the right state of mind. We always thought this was because of his diabetes.

Little did we know, he had many mini strokes and was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. He soon was suffering even more than he was before entering the nursing/rehabilitation center. He lived there for about a year without leaving his bed but maybe a handful of times. Walking in the room, he hesitated to greet us because he was not always sure who we were.

What was amazing was the fact that he remembered who my daughter was. He met her maybe a total of three times and no matter what, he remembered her. He always asked, "How is the baby?" "What is my baby doll doing?" We would video chat him and sometimes he made us laugh. Not what you would commonly think by joking, but making light of his disease. We would giggle because he would tell us it is Christmas time in June or that it snows in September in New Jersey.

My grandfather was one of the most loving and caring people you knew. He was also interesting with all his stories and experiences.

On May 23rd, 2017,

I lost my Pop-Pop to Vascular Dementia.

This was the last time I got to visit my grandfather.
This was the last time I got to visit my grandfather.

Walking in October 2017 for Alzheimer's!

http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=10465&pg=personal&px=13666658

Credit & Reference:

Help End Alzheimer's. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.alz.org/

© 2017 Dana Abbott

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      Sue Robinson 4 months ago

      What a great article. I cried reading your experiences with your Pop Pop. He definitely showed the family unconditional love. I love reading your stories.