“Martin was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease when he was 53 but the changes began 2 years before that. He was a plumber, a hard-working and orderly man. He started forgetting, accusing people of stealing his things, saying things that were hurtful and untrue and became aggressive. It was so unlike him but as we later found out, typical behavioural changes of the condition. We have 6 children ranging in ages from 32-45 and 13 grandchildren. We didn’t understand what was happening and had no idea that someone as young as him could develop it. It took a lot of adjusting, patience and strength to get to where we are now. For the most part he doesn’t recognise or remember anyone now. There’s no conversation – sometimes he smiles. He used to call me Esther – now he sometimes says” Marmee”. He spends his time at home-his muscles are getting weak and he gets tired very quickly. He loved music so the radio is always on. He taps his feet-sometimes we dance. Sometimes when I say, “you know I love you?” he responds with a smile or says it back.
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