Within the last year or so, we saw signs of my grandma having Alzheimer’s. It started with her famous chocolate chip cookies that were no longer famous tasting, but infamous. She first started forgetting to take them out of the oven, then she started to forget ingredients, and now she has completely stopped making them. She then started to forgot a story she already told us, and then she thought her dad was not only still alive but out on the farm working, and she would repeat the same story many many times. At first it was almost comical, and that side of the family would always say “I think grandma’s lost it”. But it wasn’t until recently that we think she has fully “lost it”, and it’s became no longer comical, but worrisome.
My grandma has never drank alcohol, smoke any substance, or taken any drug (besides prescribed medications of course). She was fairly active her whole life. She gave birth to her fair share of children, she nurtured and loved them along with every grandchild. She farmed and still farms to this day, and whatever my grandparents don’t need, they set out for the community to take as needed. She did everything right in life and still became diagnosed with such an ugly disease. She couldn’t control the one thing that is controlling her. She now doesn’t drive in fear of forgetting she is driving. She doesn’t bake anything without my grandpa by her side every step of the way. And she still tells repetitive stories.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. Brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions. It accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases and 5.4 million Americans have this disease.
Although my grandma will never be the same, we will always love and care for her. My biggest (selfish) fear is that I will have Alzheimer’s as well some day. So please donate and help to prevent your future or future loved ones from being affected by this disease. Donate at: https://m.alz.org/