November is National Alzheimer's Month: My Family's Story In Pictures
My grandfather was the heart of our little family.
His diagnosis, as my grandmother put it, was not anything she would ever have thought could happen to them. "I just thought we would grow old together. I never thought he would get this."
My grandparents met on a blind date and their romance spanned 65 years. This past October would have been their 66th.
I took A LOT of photos and videos over the last two years after I moved back to Florida. I think it helped me process and now helps me raise awareness.
What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.
How do you get Alzheimer's Disease?
The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, but Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Is there a cure for Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments are available to help manage the symptoms. Early diagnosis and intervention can improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Until there is a cure, we must continue to support those and their caregivers who are affected by this terrible disease.
This November, I am asking you to join me in the fight against Alzheimer's.