Alzheimer 's Is A Progressive Disease

1630 Words Mar 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Growing up, we live life creating new memories but never think that one moment we won’t be able to remember what we have created. Sadly, Alzheimer’s attacks two-thirds of all women in the United States, including my grandma Felicitas, who is pictured singing to the mariachi and enjoying life. The photo captures my grandmother’s happiness and even though such memories will never live in her mind, they will always stay in ours through this photograph. Alzheimer’s affected our interactions around her, it affected how our family functioned, and we had to adapt to new feelings such as denial, frustration, and acceptance. We learned how to cope with this and become a stronger family not only for her but also for everyone around us. Alzheimer’s doesn’t affect only the person living with the disease but also those who care for them and love them; this is how my family is also a victim of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking and behavior; making it the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. There are no treatment methods to stop the disease from progressing; therefore there is no cure. What causes most pain in families is seeing how the person you love deteriorates in front of you and how they start losing themselves in this disease and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Hearing my grandma repeating everything and asking the same things over and over was really hard for all of us. Many people that live and surround themselves…
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