“Today, there are an estimated five million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.” I was like seriously? And I knew this number didn’t include the rest of the world, of which my aunt is a living breathing (non-functioning) statistic.
But this cruel disease is not only hard on the sufferer but harder still on the care givers. This weekend I’m grateful for the initial works of Dr. Alois Alzheimer regarding this disease, even while hoping that one day coming soon a cure will be discovered as a result of his legacy. Please take a moment to read this interesting story and note some of the signs we may tend to overlook or attribute to a natural aging process. And most of all, be there for your loved one – whether they recognize you or not.
Carl didn’t know what was happening to his wife. The German railway clerk from Morfelder Landstasse and his wife Auguste had been happily married for twenty-eight years. They had one daughter, Thekla, and their marriage had always been harmonious; that is, until one Spring day in 1901 when Auguste suddenly exhibited signs of jealousy.
Auguste accused Carl of going for a walk with a female neighbor, and since then, she had been increasingly mistrustful. Carl thought that this sudden jealousy was unfounded. Over the next several months, Auguste’s memory began to fade. The once orderly and industrious homemaker was making uncharacteristic mistakes in preparing home meals — a task that she had probably performed countless times. She wandered…
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