What would you do if diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

 

I’m far from an authority on the condition of dementia, ie, Alzheimer’s Disease, Multi Infarct Dementia (many small strokes) and other illnesses that disable a person’s ability to remember, reason and do problem solving.  But I have come to appreciate the seriousness of this health problem.  What I realize most is how scary it would be to have this condition.  I wonder what I would do, if I was diagnosed with dementia.  Would I face it head on?  Would I pretend it wasn’t happening to me and hope others would do the same?  Would I avoid being around other people, so they wouldn’t see in me, what I am beginning to detect myself?

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“Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.”   
That’s what the Alzheimer’s Association is – a source of wisdom and guidance.  An organization of informed professionals and volunteers who “really know." They provide practical information and support for those coping with their memory impairment.  And they give hope - The Alzheimer’s Association is actively working to find a cure.
At  2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27,  I am participating in the Memory Walk at Osborn Park to support the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio and its work to help those in Erie County who are affected with the illness.    Will you help me, help them to end Alzheimer’s Disease?  Please visit my Memory Walk page.

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For more information or to register, call 491-537-1999 or email lindsey.bowman@alz.org