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My mother was diagnosed over 3 years ago. She had other health issues that either helped the process along or were the cause of her final passing this last April. Like most she died from pneumonia, respiratory failure. When I was a teenager, as most daughters do at that age, I fought with my mother constantly. When I became a parent myself, we grew to be best friends. We did everything together and shared everything. The day my mother died from this horrible disease was both happy and sad. Happy that she was no longer trapped in a mind that confused and frightened her.

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Mom passed almost 4 years ago from Alzheimer's. It was heart breaking to watch the best parts of her personality fade away. Mom's kind, loving, trusting traits disappeared and changed into hateful outbursts, paranoid thoughts and fear filled behavior. At first we had no idea what was happening to her. We were unable to keep her safe as she wandered at night, made up lies to cover the confusion in her mind, and her multiple falls leading to broken bones. As the Alzheimer's progressed, she required expensive 24-hour care. The disease divided our family as we watched mom's suffering.

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We built a very nice garage apartment for my widowed mother 8 years ago. She was 86 years old, still driving and had just given up her volunteer job in a local hospital gift shop. She was an avid reader and walked at least 1 mile a day. She was extremely active for an 86 year old. A couple of years ago when she was approximately 92 years old we began to see dramatic changes in her emotional and mental health. At 92 years of age she was in great physical condition.

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