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How Dr. Alzheimer Discovered a Disease in a Mental Asylum

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“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.

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History News Network

This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was originally published at HNN.

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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Author: galeweithers

Barbadian mother of teenager; lover of loud laughter amidst tears; happy to follow God's lead while writing a word or two (and winning national awards) to make a difference in the lives of others.

3 thoughts on “How Dr. Alzheimer Discovered a Disease in a Mental Asylum

  1. The Question is still not known of Dr. Alzheimer discovered a disease in a mental asylum!

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    • For me it was more about the research he did into the disease, especially the reviewing of the brain to find out what really happens in the mind of someone suffering from a mental disorder. As someone walking this painful and emotionally distressing road the essay on Dr. Alzheimer proved to be a very interesting read.

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