January: Alzheimer's Awareness Month
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January: Alzheimer's Awareness Month

With all the New Years hype over and done we have started Alzheimer's Awareness Month! My Papa's mother, my "Cookie Grandma" had dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia and 60 to 80 percent of people diagnosed have this form of dementia. Dementia is a disease associated with a range of symptoms such as memory loss, communication and language, ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception. This disease plagues there everyday lives making it impossible to accomplish daily tasks or even go outside. My Cookie Grandma went from being a woman who always baked and cooked for us when we came to see her to calling my little sister, "Little Dawnie." This was the name she had given to my mother and she was stuck in a whole past generation. She lost her perception and cooked soup in her sink thinking the entire time it was on the stove and slowly lost her mind. I remember when my Papa said he'd have to put her in a home, I'm sure he felt powerless and like their was nothing he could do for her. He wanted to take care of her, but she was getting so bad that she could hardly recognize him anymore. My Papa went to Heaven before she did, but she died shortly after him and I know now that she can think clearly and that she finally got to go with her husband and son. Having a loved one with an injury to their brain is always hard no matter what the diagnosis. If someone gets a broken arm or leg there is hope that they can get better from that, but if it's their mind that is injured progressively you have to watch it get worse and worse. Most people with dementia don't get diagnosed until the disease has become too severe to have all treatment options. Scientists are conducting studies to learn more about the cause of the disease and ways to prevent it. Help me raise awareness for everyone who has lost their battle with Alzheimer's, has lost a loved one from the disease, or is still fighting this disease by sporting a purple ribbon today! Everyday we're getting closer to finding a cure and stopping this disease from taking more memories. I also encourage everyone to say a little prayer for those who have been affected by this disease and this disease's death toll doubles every five years so it has more than a big impact for us to raise awareness
If you want to know more about this disease and if you think you may be experiencing symptoms associated with this disease, go to http://www.alzfdn.org/AboutAlzheimers/statistics.html 

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