Since childhood, I’ve known about the fact that inheriting alzheimer’s could be a reality for me. For nearly 30ish years I’ve pushed the knowledge that alzheimer’s was rampant on my biological mother’s side of the family out of my head as best I could. She had it, a few of her siblings had it, her mother had it. In an act of willful ignorance, I refused to even entertain the idea that I too could have it one day. . . that was until she passed away last year.
That’s when I began wondering ‘Is Alzheimer’s inherited?‘ I agonized over the knowledge that “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.”
I will say that reading that statistic made my heart sink. Coming to terms with the possibility that I may inherit it (no,I have not been diagnosed), has made me reevaluate my priorities in life. I’m incredibly selective who I choose to share my time with, thoughtful as to what I spend my time doing and investing what time I do have as wisely as I possibly can. Now, I’m not wallowing in self pity – but I am making some necessary changes so that I can live a life I won’t ever forget.
Awareness does change you.
Since the traumatic conclusion to my biological mothers life, there were days that I would forget seemingly simple things and burst into tears – I couldn’t bear the thought of eventually forgetting my husband, the love of my life. I look at him a little longer now. I linger on the sound of his voice. I am committed to memorizing his every laugh.
Brandon comforts me and continues to encourage me to face the possibility head on. The more I know the better. He shares new research articles and comforts me when I get a little choked up. It’s up to me to come to terms with and understand the probability of my unlikely inheritance.
I hope this video and the links I’ve shared below help you and your family. If you find any articles on Alzheimer’s treatment or news – Please give me a tweet. I’d love to read them.
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If you are concerned about a family member or yourself having Alzheimer’s, there are 10 warning signs you should look for. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you can search by state and join a support group in your area thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s Association is an amazing resource and shares the following helpful information:
“Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.”
10 Warning Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Standard Treatments, Treatment Horizon, Prevention andClinical Trials.
Early Onset Alzheimer’s and Risk Factors.
Visit http://alz.org for tons more information.
You may also want to listen to the RadioLab podcast Vanishing Words.