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Your voice helps bring Alzheimer's out of the shadows.

Join our community of story tellers united in their determination to stop Alzheimer's! Share your personal story, a photo of a loved one, or a video telling us about your experience.

Together, we can show our leaders in Washington and beyond why we must make finding a cure for Alzheimer's a national priority!

Sons and Daughters

Jane was my mother. She was beautiful. She was smart. She loved the outdoors, her children and grandchildren, her garden, and sailing. And then she started to go away.

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Ann, my mother, was the youngest of six children, born in 1917. Her father was a lawyer in Hartord, CT. She married her sweetheart, Bernie, during WWII and they raised four children. Ann became an English teacher and taught high school English classes, specializing in Shakespeare. She retired at 62, when she began the long ride to insanity with Alzheimer's disease. My father was her caregiver for a decade. He was devoted to her, but his health began to fail with kidney and heart disease, so he finally asked for help from his children.

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“Okay, I’m ready to go.” He stepped out with his right shoe on his left foot, his left shoe on his right foot, and one shoe of a different pair. “Oh, Dad… C’mon, let me help you.”

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Dorothy Schaaf Bayer  My mom was fearless. She was born a twin in 1921. She weighed just over 1 lb. and she survived. She served as a WAAC in WWII. She taxied and gassed airplanes. She was stubborn and strong willed and she feared nothing but Alzheimer's. Her mother suffered from this disease. She was so afraid she would too. And when she was 72 her worst fear came true - she was diagnosed with Alzheimers. She lived about 14 years after her diagnosis. What a horrific disease. To not only watch your loved one decline mentally but physically as well.

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For over twenty five years, my dad was an airline pilot and traveled the world. On his days off he also worked at Disneyland and Disney World singing with the barbershop quartet called the Dapper Dans. He loved both jobs and was the epitome of health. He was a brilliant man who loved life and enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. 

 

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Caregivers Unite

I've been caring for my mother as she has slipped down into AD for about seven years.  We've overcome so many challanges together that I became empassioned to share any help or ideas with others who are not so far along as we are.  My son and I made a brief video to help guide people to my blog and facebook page.  I found it appalling that there was such a lack of help and network in my geographical area.  However, things are much improved and I have made it my mission to continue to get the word out about all things dementia in our community.

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I am the sole family caregiver for my 94-year old mother who has lived with Alzheimer's disease for over five years. At this point, her disease is mid-stage and is characterized by memory loss, confusion, high anxiety repetitive statements and questioning, and declining verbal skills. At times, she does not recognize me. She is no longer unable to perform activities of daily living such as dressing herself, bathing, preparing meals, and doing housework. She requires 24-hour care which I pay for.

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How do I start!!! First I lost my Mother just before her 61st year to this devastating disease just after my 16th Birthday. I am one of five siblings and there is only I and one who will turn 70 this September. 

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Painting in Twilight: An Artist's Escape from Alzheimer's

Lester E. Potts, Jr., my father, was an oak of a man.  A rural Alabama saw miller, Dad embodied hard work, dependability, humility and and capable leadership.

At age 72 Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and had a rapid downhill course.  He became depressed and withdrawn, losing his pride in being a very capable man.

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  1. You will notice something just isn’t quite right years before a diagnosis.
  2. You will dismiss an inability to maintain finances as simply being bad with numbers.
  3. Your mother will lose sight of a daycare child while in her care, only to later find him down the street at a neighbor boy’s house once the authorities have been notified.

Continued here: http://lonnawhiting.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/after-the-diagnosis/#sthash.rhWMaIPQ.dpuf

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