It’s been over a year since my father-in-law died. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2002. I’d only known him since 1993 or so, so I’m not sure how long the dementia affected him; but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he’d been living with it for almost as long as I’d known him.
I know it’s not the same thing, but whenever I hear about Alzheimer’s issues, I think about my father-in-law. A man who was strong, opinionated, smart and had a lot of love. How he became disoriented, uncommunicative, hostile, defensive and very, very angry about what was happening to him. It still, to this day, makes me so very, very sad.
I also am concerned with Alzheimer’s due to new research that shows that a protein involved in cholesterol metabolism may cause accelerated onset of Alzheimer’s in people with Down Syndrome. There’s also a lot of new speculation and research as to a link between Alzheimer’s patients and people with Down Syndrome. So I totally was excited to take this opportunity to help promote something that I think is important.
The Alzheimer’s Association Memory WalkÂ® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research â€“ and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s. There are walks in more than 600 communities. A typical Memory Walk is a 2-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning in the fall.
By teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association, you can walk with a purpose â€“ and move us closer to a world without Alzheimer’s. Together, we can MOVE a nation. They need team captains as well as people just to walk, so if you’re moved at all to participate, please consider it. You’re not only helping fund and research a disease that’s affecting way too many people we love, you’ll also be helping people like Henry who might be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than the general population.Tweet