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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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A bit about my mom. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009. We could see changes in her as early as 2006, but I guess we all just thought nothing was wrong and Alzheimer’s never enter our minds till about 2008 when things really started to get out of hand with her. She started calling me telling me the same story day after day, sometimes 3 of 4 times in one day. Then she started saying someone was taking things out of her house. I kept telling her no one was taking anything out. I had told my step dad to go to the Doctors with her and talk to them about what was going on.

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