My grandpa lived and passed away with Alzheimer's Disease. This was a very moving experience for me to be able to watch the disease take its slow progression. I learned so much from watching this process. I was able to watch all the individual stages as they appeared and became stronger. The forgetfulness, the paranoia, the loss of muscle control. For the most part my grandpa was on a trolly car in Omaha Nebraska where he grew up. This goes along exactly with the statement made in the book that they will forget the most recent memories first versus the memories of when they were younger. Like his music, my grandpa had a doctorate degree in music and was a professor at the U at one point. He was always able to recall his organ pieces flawlessly, well until the very end, but with out any sheet music at all. Thus demonstrating the incredible power of the memory. So, Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that ravages the brain and it is called "the long goodbye" for good reason. This seems the most painful for the family...for the most part the one who has Alzheimer's generally regresses to a pleasant past memory. Then you just go along with it, riding along the trolly car in Omaha.
Being in the dementia ward
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