Alzheimer’s disease has robbed more than 5 million Americans of basic brain functions such as memory, recognition, and general awareness—not to mention severing intimate bonds with family and lifelong acquaintances.
As its symptoms gradually worsen so does its impact on general quality of life as loved ones may become strangers, and routine activities like bathing, driving, dressing, and even eating can become nearly impossible without assistance. About 5 percent of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease (roughly 200,000 people) received early onset diagnosis before the age of 65, including many in their 40s and 50s.
Actor Seth Rogen spoke before the U.S. Senate in February in an effort to bolster funding for care and research for the disease and shared the impact of Alzheimer’s on his family. “After forgetting who she and her loved ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher of 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60,” Rogen told the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to CBSNews.com.
These books will help you understand and empathize with the challenges of extraordinary people dealing Alzheimer’s disease as well as their loved ones, who often bear the stress of being primary caregivers.
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