We all get old, though some of us don't like to admit it, it does occur. We all forget a couple of things here and there. But its when you go from forgetting where you up your car keys to not knowing that this stranger sitting right in front of you is actually your daughter.
This cute looking girl right here is Francis Carminati, the best grandma anyone could ask for! At the age of 78, she started to say her words funny, tell me stories that logically couldn't happen, and start to yell at my mom at random times! Since my mom was a part time nurse for awhile she was incredibly concerned. We went to the hostipal and after some tests and we found out in October that my grandma has late-stage Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's was first discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Dr. A had a patient named Auguste D, she experienced memory loss and psychological changes. Sadly Auguste dies shortly later and on examining the autopsy there was shrinkage in and around the nerve cells in her brain.
At this moment there is no "cure" for alzheimers. There are drug and psychological treatments to help stop the progression of the disease. In the past most physicians would recommend family theory to help the family and the patient adjust to this disease.
The life expectancy of a person with AD is 8-10 years. Even though we caught AD late NiNi just celebrated her 80th birthday with a huge smile on her face.
I am truly honored to have the her as a grandma. She reminds me that you can have the hard days but with the right people its never impossible.