Alzheimer's Stole My Father

Twin PalmsStarred Page By Twin Palms, 2nd Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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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.

The Disease

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


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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Jun 2011 (#)

What a heartfelt story of a very loving father, and your writing reveals your enormous love for him. Thanks for a beautiful share, KittyK.

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd Jun 2011 (#)

I understand your painful loss, Kitty, I lost my father and younger brother from MS, a disease that ravages the body and then destroys the mind. I feel for your loss of such a very special man..A difficult article for you to write, but a well deserved Star Page for sharing it with us...My thoughts are with you my friend.

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author avatar Twin Palms
3rd Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird. Yes, life sometimes feels cruel with disease. I am sorry to learn of the MS in your immediate family. Thank you for your kind words. Blessings, Kitty

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author avatar D in The Darling
4th Jun 2011 (#)

May his soul rest in peace!
Thanks for sharing your pain and your talent. God bless!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
4th Jun 2011 (#)

Sad, Kitty, I feel sorry for the tragedy.

Very painful.

"May his soul rest in peace for eternity and beyond"

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author avatar Pink&Blue
4th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for this article my grandmother also is a sufferer of this disease and everyday we watch her as she deteriorates but there is unfortunately no cure and we just have to make her as comfortable as we can...

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author avatar Retired
4th Jun 2011 (#)

this is a heartfelt and well written article.

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author avatar foxpete88
8th Jun 2011 (#)

a very touching story. great article..thanks

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Jun 2011 (#)

Your story and mind are much they same, I lost my father years before his death to this dreaded disease...thanks for this beautifully written article!

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author avatar Arsha
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

why does such kind of disease called alzheimer happens?

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