That's what dementia does - it takes away our loved ones, and ourselves, small chunks at a time, so small we don't realize it. It doesn't discriminate - Dr. Oz is a well known public figure and now he has been touched by this cruel disease. He also revealed that he has one copy of the APOE4 gene that puts himself at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. You can read the Dr. Oz article here.
Did you know that Hollywood movie star Rita Hayworth died from Alzheimer's Disease? She was first diagnosed in 1981 at age 62 - way back before we were hearing much about the disease. She passed away in 1987 at age 68, but according to her daughter, she showed symptoms as early as her early 50's.
Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 83 in 1994 after leaving the White House and passed away at 93. However, while it cannot be proven, there are many people that worked in the White House at the time that believed he showed symptoms of the disease while he was in office.
There is no definite way to determine life expectancy of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but people have been known to live close to 30 years. What kind of life is that, knowing you are losing your memories? I know I wouldn't want to live like that - would you?
EVERYONE needs to become educated about dementia so you can be on the lookout for the signs in your family and friends. Your family and friends need to be educated so they can look for them in you. Progress in treatment is being made slowly, but at least there are people trying to make that progress. Find out what you can do to keep your brain active, and help everyone you know. Become involved or donate. Just Google "Dementia Education" and you will be presented with a wealth of websites that will probably tell you something you don't know.
Don't think "It can't happen to me." Because it can, and it might.
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