My grandma, Barbara Ammann, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 5 years ago. She is currently 82 years old. My family noticed that she became very forgetful, repeated conversations, and she would forget to take her medicine. My grandpa died 8 years ago, so she had been living on her own in their house for awhile. My dad slowly became more concerned and took her to the doctor where she was diagnosed with Alzheimers. She was moved into an assisted living home closer to us. They had lots of activities for her and monitored her, but still giving her the freedom so she felt that it was her home. About 2 years later, becoming more and more forgetful, she fell in the shower and broke her hip. She was rushed to the hospital and had surgery. When she woke up from surgery, she was extremely confused and had no idea what happened. After her recovery, we moved her into a much higher level of care assisted living. She is still living there. When we visit, she doesn’t remember who my sister and I are and we have the same conversation over and over again.
Alzheimers is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility.
There is no cure to Alzheimer’s, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. Researchers are looking for new treatments to alter the course of the disease and improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Things they are further researching into include: Medications for Memory Loss, treatments for behavioral changes, treatments for sleep changes, alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s, and clinical trials.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, the average life expectancy for a person age 65 years or older diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is about 4 to 8 years after a diagnosis is made. However, some individuals with Alzheimer's live up to 20 years after the first signs emerge.
Patiences with Alzheimer's with slowly forget memories, how to walk, use the bathroom, and finally, how to breathe. There are no survivors of Alzheimer's.