My grandmother was one of those women of which it could be said that "she enjoyed ill health". Whenever I would go over to visit and ask Granny how she was there was always a good chance that she would answer back with "I don't feel a bit good" and then she would expound on one various ailment or another. All things considered, she was actually in pretty good health most of her life but towards the end she ended up living in a nursing home because she just couldn't take care of herself any longer. After being admitted to the nursing home, Granny began to gradually lose herself completely and forgot who everyone around her was. It was very sad to see a woman who used to be as sharp as a tack gradually slip away to just being a shell of the person she used to be.
Alzheimer's is a disease that robs us of our loved ones while they're still right here with us. It takes the very essence of a person and melts it away until not only do they not know who you are but they don't even know themselves. It's beyond sad and it's tragic to watch someone slowly slip away while there is nothing you can do to stop it.
There is something you can do to help raise awareness and the funds to help fight this insidious disease, though, and that's to join the Alzheimer's Memory Walk. Held on a weekend morning in the fall, a typical walk is 2-3 miles and they are held in more than 600 communities around the country. Join or form a team, volunteer to help out, or sponsor someone else - all great ways to help to move a nation towards fighting Alzheimer's and keeping our loved ones with us in both mind and body for as long as we can.