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An incurable, degenerative and terminal disease which involves the loss of memory.

Alzheimer's disease (AD), also called Alzheimer disease, Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT) or simply Alzheimer's, is the most common form of dementia. This incurable, degenerative, and terminal disease was … see full wiki

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Memory: Who are you & who am I?

  • Oct 12, 2009
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 The song "Memory" from the Musical Cats has such a beautiful lyrics and tune to it. Yet, losing ones memories has to be worse than living a poor life itself, I think. Or having cancer for that matter. Imagine your loved one having no recollection of you, someone who is your husband or wife no longer thinks he/she even knows you and you've had decades of romantic and beautiful life together (of course it's a boon if he/she is your ex and you've had a bad relationship to begin with!). These are just some of the emotional part of living with someone who has Alzheimer's. The most famous person who has had Alzheimer's had to be Ronald Reagan. Yes, the United States' former president.

As Wikipedia's article points out, it is an incurable, degenerative and terminal disease. So, one dies from it. Before that, it is also one of the most expensive modern days disease to live with. It's a drain not only on monetary matters but also emotional factors. The sufferer tends to involve mood swings, confusion, memory loss, aggression and the loss of bodily functions which we as humans all take for granted. Yes, simply 9 months in a mother's womb and a normal baby with the survival instinct & ability is being born. That is truly a miracle of life. If a baby lives normally and grows into a capable adult, we think that's normal. Yet, when an adult over 65 years of age begins to display symptoms of Alzheimer's, most of us are not prepared for it. The society is not and we as families of our own are not. It's a costly, messy and ultimately impossible for us to deal with Alzheimer's patients. With the high cost of living, not many can afford to live without a job and stay home to tend with a parent or spouse who suffers from this disease. What then do most people who has family members afflicted with such a disease do? I wonder. 



I've had client and colleagues who had suffered from heart attacks. Some died while some lives to tell the story, ie. chest pain and surgery and the cost of footing the medical bills. I've also had relatives and clients who died of cancer and the time frame was short even though the pain was incredible. I was told you've to live it to know what that's like. But, I've not known anyone who has lived through Alzheimer's or have had family members who have Alzheimer's to tend to. And I believe in this world that we live in, having Alzheimer's is a nightmare. A nightmare you've to live with every moment of your life. It is not only a high cost to the individual himself/herself, it is a high cost to the family, society and the state itself. 

Why am I writing a review on Alzheimer's? No other reason other than I've thought about this matter and know it's something I'm not prepared to face with. Yes, cancer or heart attacks may be common but at least those diseases are not too much of a burden to others. Alzheimer's? It's horrifying and something I think all of us are not putting enough thoughts on it and not ready to face it. But face it most people must as there are already 35 million plus worldwide afflicted with it and it's predicted that number will triple by the time 2050 comes! OMG!!!

 And, yes, it does occur to me... what if I get it one fine day? No, not being pessimistic, just thinking and yet not doing anything about it other than this review I'm writing. Strange even to me that this topic of discussion actually popped into my mind! I know my parents have joked about it when they can't remember something, and as did I. I'm sure most people have too. But, and I'm merely wondering, have you thought about it seriously? The what if question?

How aware are you?

On diagnosing Alzheimer's : 6 steps to diagnosing Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's : Warning Signs

Memory: Who are you & who am I?

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January 18, 2011
I wasn't aware of it at all! My dad has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and I'm the main caregiver for him. Luckily, now it's on the onset so it's not too much of a burden but, I know this won't last forever. It's horrifying- it wasn't diagnosed in a brain scan which just showed a general diffusion and all of his blood tests came back normal. SO, it was more a diagnosis by exclusion. Yet, still the symptoms are there. Thanks so much for writing this piece and sharing information on an important and deadly disease!
January 18, 2011
Oh dear, I'm very sorry to hear it, Sam! It's a very difficult disease to live with. You might want to get some pointers from Debbie. I do believed she had lived with her grandma who had it. Your dad is not that old, is he? That's sad...
January 18, 2011
Yeah, he's 77 going on 78, so he's pretty up there. Thank you for your kind words. I've been looking into it more now that we finally know what direction to go in but, yes, it's really difficult to see a loved one go through it. I keep putting myself in his position and it's really sad.
 
October 12, 2009
Very sobering review of a most troubling affliction. I think back to when President Reagan in his final public statement announced to the world that he was suffering from Alzheimer's. It was sad to see what this disease wreaked upon this once vigorous individual. Thanks for reminding us.
January 18, 2011
It's sad no matter who it inflicted on. Hopefully someone will find a cure to slow it down... soon!
 
October 12, 2009
Thanks for raising awareness about Alzheimers.  My grandmother had it and it really is a nightmare.  It was a nightmare for my family because my grandma would forget to do important things such as turn off the stove, lock the doors, close the garage door, and a few times, she forgot to tell anyone that she was going for a walk and forgot how to get home. 

As much as it was a nightmare for my family, I'm sure it was much, much worse for my grandma, at least for the few moments that she was aware of what Alzheimers had done to her, and believe it or not, but I think she suffered from a bad case of it for about 15 years.  I can't help but think about what would happen if I ever got it either.  Fortunately, Alzheimers isn't always hereditary.  I can only hope.  Thanks for sharing, Sharrie!
October 12, 2009
15 Years?!!! OMG, that must be horrifying! Yes, I've seen what you mentioned here on TV shows, but that was not so real to me. And you've to live with it? Oh dear, I can't imagine anyone having to go through that. Does she remember you or your mom? My grandma did have a little of it and sometimes she would think my cousin was my aunt but that's not as serious as forgetting things like stove, doors and going out and not remembering where she lives! My grandma was living with my uncle in Indonesia & it wasn't so difficult and too expensive to hire a nurse. But in developed countries, that's a cost we probably can't afford!
October 14, 2009
Yup, 15 years. Pretty unbelievable. It was actually my maternal grandma and she remembered relative's names on and off, usually off though. I think that in developing countries, it'd be much harder to live with Alzheimers because of lack of knowledge and resources. Really unfortunate!
 
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