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My wife of 57 years has had Alzheimer for four years. So far and I hope forever I will be able to take care of her forever at home. I couldn't imagine waking up in the morning without her by my side. She still smiles and laughs and tells me when we go to bed, how much she loves me. A few months ago, she wondered from our house and had a bad fall. I have taken precausions so that will not happen again. A loud alarm on the door that sounds when it is open, I have someone come in daily for a few hours so I can go on errands. I have heart problems but manage.

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I used to be a high functioning person as a transactional real estate attorney. Now I can't work, in fact I was fired from my last two jobs. I started working at age 13 as a grunt maintenance man in a private park. My whole life has revolved around work and education. I even worked full time and went to law school at night. Up until about 4 years ago I was still working, but I got fired twice from my last two jobs, got diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and now I can't work. I'm now 65 but I was probably 58 +/- when it started.

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My mom died of heart disease at the age of 55.  Her mom, my Granny, and her sister, my Aunt Lucille, and her neice, my cousin Jennifer, all died from the perils of Alheimer's.   I know in my heart my mom is grateful she did not have to suffer like her family did for so many years.  Granny was divorced, living alone in Houston when we moved to New Jersey.  We would get calls from police in Houston about Granny being found walking the streets in the middle of the night.

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