Alzheimer's Stole My Father
Alzheimers Disease is a very cruel, lonely and dibilitating disease affecting nearly four million older adults. Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor who noticed changes in the brain while performing a routine autopsy in 1906.
The Good Life
My father was a very active, loving and caring man who always put his family first. He took great pride in doing special things for every member of his family. His zest for life and his outgoing personality was a magnate to others. His footsteps were long and quick and he was a man who could multi-task whether volunteering his time, teeing off at the golf course, or barbecuing in his well-manicured backyard. My father loved to garden and his rose garden was spectacular. To say he had a green thumb, falls short in describing his abilities and his interest in nature and the yearning for working with his hands in the earth. His joys included teaching his precious granddaughters how to swim; how to play the game of Cribbage; how to play baseball; how to clean a turkey; how to select a good piece of fruit in the market and how to drive a car.
Sadly, Alzheimer’s Disease stole my father from his beloved family in a cruel an unbelievable manner. While he never had any illnesses, surgeries or other ailments, and did not take any form of prescription medication, Alzheimer’s changed his life – swiftly.
Alzheimer’s is the deterioration of mental faculties due to the loss of nerve cells and the connections between them. Several years ago it was thought a patient would survive up to 5 years, however in the past year, research has concluded the survival time from diagnosis is much shorter. Alzheimer’s advances slowly in 3 general stages, ranging from mild forgetfulness to severe dementia. As the disease progresses into the second stage, memory problems grow worse and basic self-care skills begin to decline. Patients have difficulty in expressing themselves verbally or in writing. They may also suffer from delusions or hallucinations. In the last stage, people with Alzheimer’s disease lose almost all capacity for reasoning. They may end up completely dependent on others for their care.
Rest In Peace
The disorder eventually becomes do debilitating that patients cannot walk or feed themselves and become susceptible to other diseases. Pneumonia is the most frequent cause of death, as was the case of my father. His memories shall always be in my heart and soul and his love will never be lost or stolen. May he rest in peace for eternity and beyond