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I Lost a Relative to Alzheimer's Disease

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 44 People

    My Grandfather

    it hit after my grandmother died. at least that's when it got diagnosed. it changed him, obviously. his love for me didn't change, but he didn't know how to express it anymore. not like he used to, anyway. his new way of saying 'i love you' became repeated urgings not to let my...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 9 Responses Apr 18, 2008

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    Now We Can Mourn

    We buried my mother's sister today, the last of the Hunter girls. In truth, she left us six or seven years ago. Or perhaps we left her. To the last she was a striking women, carrying the beauty of her youth into her eighties, ever elegant, unfailingly polite. These things she...
    GarciaMarquez GarciaMarquez 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 9, 2011

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    My Mom Lost the Struggle

     Over 10 years and finally, it was over for her.  She didn't know who I or her husband were but she was mild mannered (which was a real change for her) at the end.  She finally died of pneumonia but had left us 10 years before that.  Next month it will be 3...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Dec 26, 2008

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    She Didn't Stand a Chance

    My mother died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. It was a horrible thing to witness, and I can only guess at the terror one must feel at the realization that this disease has taken hold. Alzheimer's patients have a recognizably vacant stare; two of my friends who've also...
    JackGrey JackGrey 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 30, 2007

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    Just Getting to Know Ya!

    In 2005 a relative of mine was diagnosed with Dementia. We were just forming a relation after many years of being estranged. They are now in a nursing home and withing away. It is one of the saddest things I have ever seen!  
    closedin closedin 41-45 1 Response Aug 20, 2008

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    My Grandma

    My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2001. I was in fourth grade. She stayed at home with my grandpa as her care giver for about 8 years! My grandpa is such a strong man to take care of her for that long. We finally convince him she needed to be placed in a nursing home...
    HeartLikeMine10 HeartLikeMine10 22-25, F Oct 27, 2013

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    My Great Grandmother

    It's been quite a while since it happened. Near the end she would only call me by my dad's name - she thought I was him at a young age. It is a tragic disease. That's really all I want to say.
    VincentValentine VincentValentine 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 27, 2011

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    Worst Way To Go

    My grandmother spent the last seven years of her life as an alzheimer's patient. She was always a little bit senile and forgetful, even when she was middle-aged, according to my mum and aunty anyway. I used to spend my afternoons at my grandparents house after school since my mum...
    CashCarStar CashCarStar 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 2, 2010

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    Runs In My Family

    I have 3 relatives who all had Alzheimer's  and passed away: My grandmother, her sister, and a distant cousin. My grandmother passed away many years ago, but I try to honor her memory by donating to the Alzheimer's Association. I worry that someday my mom will have to battle...
    anoday anoday 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2008

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    I Don't Want To Live That Way!

    I am terrified that I am next. My grandfather and grandmother both had Alzheimer's and my grandmother is still living with it (if you can call what she is doing living.)  I watch my mother and I wonder how much longer before she is in my grandmother's shoes and then I look...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 7, 2010

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    Two Actually

    My great aunt (grandfathers sister) and my grandmother on my fathers side. It's a sad illness that took them slowly and broke every ones heart. These once independent people reduced to children who required supervision for everything. I wasn't there for most of it as their...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 27, 2008

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    Just This Afternoon

    my grandmother just died of alzheimer's. it finally got the better of her, just this evening. she was 93 this year. up until the last 8 years she was a crazy lady anyway. but slowly we all watched as she went downhill. she moved into an assisted living place. her care giver there...
    metalgirl99 metalgirl99 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2008

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    Six Years Of Hell

    i just wanted to say that i had a grandmother with alzheimer's. she suffered thru it for six very long years before she passed away in 2002. maybe what hurts the most is having to watch the slow, painful descent. i was six when she first was diagnosed and twelve when she died...
    hipypapybthuthdy hipypapybthuthdy 18-21, M Aug 10, 2010

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    My family has known for a while that our mother has the early onset on Alzheimer's and we have watched her quickly go down hill. Early yesterday she called us and told us that my...
    ColumbiaTiger ColumbiaTiger 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 12

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    My grandmother got it from strokes and she died a few years ago. It was horrible. She turned into a monster. Then got cancer and died about a year or two later. :(
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 70+, F 1 Response Sep 13

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