I don't know about you ... but it seems that more and more of us know someone who is affected by Alzheimer's; whether it's a family member, loved ones, friends or their family member, or even quite possible - yourself.
After the loss of our MN home of more than 20 years to a total loss by a fire in 2013, something much more precious than the years of collections of books, videos, records, family treasures, etc. was the initial diagnosis of Alzheimer's in its early stages in my husband. I am most certain that the utter shock (in part) of having lost everything ... had a grave impact and set this into motion although I do realize that there is much more to this disease than an event setting it off.
I am far from being an expert or even knowledgeable about the disease of Alzheimer's, other than what I come across through reading, but this is the reason I decided that this would be the project I would pursue through this A-Z Challenge, as a necessary 'mission' - newly acquired and to be acquainted with; but not chosen by me or my him or anyone that has to face this in their lifetime. Since his diagnosis, he has really been doing quite well, but because of it, my own fear(s) arise; one of which is that I, too, may end of having to deal with this disease myself besides wanting to learn all I can to help him as long as I can. But one thing is certain, I will definitely be experiencing Alzheimer's first hand and need to be armed and ready for all it entails.
This is the purpose of me doing this A-Z Challenge to explore this topic or theme of Alzheimer's. At this point, I have no practical information of my own so I will be linking or gathering from others and associations like my list link for "A" - the Association. Of course, there are other excellent sources of information and organizations available online and offline. I'd like to also remind you of the "Greater Good" site that has many good ways to help various projects like the Alzheimer's site with just a click of a button each day and plenty of good information.
|"Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Dementia comes in different forms, but Alzheimer's is the most common type of memory loss that eventually interferes with an individual's daily life."|
About Alzheimer's Disease