Beginning to show more symptoms around 2016, my grandmas famous chocolate chip cookies that were no longer famous tasting. 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.
My grandma has never drank alcohol, smoked any substance, or has taken any drug. She was fairly active her whole life. She gave birth, she nurtured and loved them along with every grandchild. She farmed and still farms to this day, and whatever my grandparents didn’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’ll tell a story and forget minutes later to then repeat the story.
Now my grandma is losing so much weight because she forgets to eat. She is becoming very stubborn and very childish in her character. She thinks she is 60 years old (20 years younger than she is today), she believes her parents are still around and always wants to go over to their house, she wants us to meet her parents and help out on the farm; and its very sad to see her like this and know that my grandpa was struggling with cancer and with repeatedly having to remind her to eat or that her parents are no longer around.
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. Along with many other families going through very similar stories, it is so important to donate and help to prevent your future or future loved ones from being affected by this disease. Donate at: https://m.alz.org/