Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA, and 30 million people live with alzheimer’s around the world. Alzheimer’s is a type of brain disease that creates a significant amount of deterioration of the brain over time and having a hard time processing, remembering and thinking over time. Alzheimer’s disease progresses over time and doesn’t stop. Alzheimer’s is responsible for more than half of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s has no mercy, the patient could get to the point where they don’t know their family and their surroundings. Alzheimer’s is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain which cause the deterioration. At the end stages of the disease the complications begin to get worse, complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and lung infections due to aspiration of food. Along with that they can’t swallow, go to the toilet and their reflexes become impaired.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory loss
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty doing regular tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images
- New problems with speaking and reading
- Changes mood and personality
The problem with alzheimer’s is it messes up so much of your brain that it makes you lose a lot of valuable memories and information. This may hurt the people around you. Also that Alzheimer’s has no cure, it doesn’t stop. We just have to let it keep going.
Like I said before there is no stopping Alzheimer’s, so there is no real solution to the problem.
Alzheimer’s effects teenagers because during this age in life it’s hard to open up and most of the time we like to keep our feelings to ourselves. So it’s a hard time to say goodbye especially if you know someone with Alzheimer’s. If someone in your family has alzheimer’s it helps you value your family more. How do I know this? Well someone in my family does have alzheimer’s.
I have had to accept the fact that someday the disease will take over my grandmother’s brain. It is something that I want to forget about and try to work through. Its just really hard knowing that one day she won’t remember me. I grew up coming to her house every Sunday. Whenever we have conversations sometimes she stops and tries to name everyone who came to Sunday lunch. Unlike many of the cases of Alzheimer’s my grandmother is not cranky and is actually very funny. Alzheimer’s has brought my family closer together, and my grandmother and I closer. I look at it as a long term goodbye.
This month is Alzheimer’s awareness month, so make sure you at least listened a bit! Thanks so much.