#1
Hey everyone. My girlfriends grandmother has Alzheimer's, and I'm just wondering, are people with this disease still aware of the now? I know they can't function well and loose memory, but do you think that they still have a thought process and points of thought in the present? (when I say the present I mean an exact point, not connected points over a period of time.)

thoughts?
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My grandfather died from it. They really don't know what is going on. My grandpa couldn't really walk up stairs. Eventually it will get so bad that they don't even know who their children are, etc. It's very sad.

It progressively gets worse over time. Like they will just forget about things such as where they put their keys during the first stages of it. It deteriorates the mind, and eventually kills them by getting rid of the brains ability to knowing how to breathe.
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My grandma had it too... she died too.
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My grandma had it too... she died too.

It's quite sad. My grandpa was a good artist and he enjoyed golfing too.
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mine too, she just got diagnosed like last month
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my great aunt had it, she died a couple of months ago, it does get progressivly worse over time. but they are making new cures for it, so less people will suffer hopefully
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Good question...

My grandmother is suffering from this, actually. When I see her, it seems like she's aware things are going on, but doesn't really know what they are or who the people she's with are.

And yeah... like IMABBALLPLAYER said it's really sad and a horrible disease.
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Ya. my grandma has it too.... I like to scare her because she doesn't remember when i did it, so i do it like every 10 min. it's reall sadd..
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Both of my grandparents had it.. They did seem have a thought process until it got bad enough so that the disease killed that part of the brain. =\

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Ya. my grandma has it too.... I like to scare her because she doesn't remember when i did it, so i do it like every 10 min. it's reall sadd..

wait... you like to scare her? that's really mean.
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my great aunt had it, she died a couple of months ago, it does get progressivly worse over time. but they are making new cures for it, so less people will suffer hopefully


Hopefully they develop a cure soon.

I'm really sorry for anyone who knows someone who has died from it.

Alzheimer really does seem like one of the worst ways to go.
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I always used to call this "old timers disease" for some reason. anyway, My 6th grade teacher had it, and had to retire. When I was in 6th grade, she didn't show any signs of it, but when I was in 8th, it got progressively worse.
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#13
My grandfather currently has Alzheimer's. We're looking at nursing homes. He's already in one, but it sucks, and he barely can talk. He can barely walk, he doesn't remember me, or hardly anyone else. It's really sad. They have a very short though process I think. The now for them being instants. Kind of like über ADD.

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But for real, my grandma has it, and she forgets everything in 10 seconds, and she'll say it over and over and over and over, my family is being torn to **** because of the fighting over her...
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my grandma has alzheimers and one minute she'll be asking her son who he is and if she has met his parents and then the next minute she'll be telling him how much he weighed when he was born.
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My condolences to your girlfriend and her family.

Yeah same here.
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Thank you.

The worst of it is, her grandfather abuses her Grandmother and gets frustrated with her. It's really depressing.
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My grandmother had that(along with *several* forms of dimentia).

It was hell. It's been already said, but it only gets worse over time. A sad thing to see someone go through.
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my great grandmother once yelled at me over lunch as I drank a bottle of arizona iced tea... how dare I drink booze in front of a church!! she'd never gone to church a day in her life either...

and i was 15...

they have thought process but it grows shorter the longer they have it. also they have good and bad days, so some days she doesn't know her own son, other days she knows me by name. I hope they cure it, its really sad.
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Thank you.

The worst of it is, her grandfather abuses her Grandmother and gets frustrated with her. It's really depressing.

that's too bad. It's a disease that really affects the whole family.
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Some study reported that it's closely linked to aluminum, which was used a lot back in the early 1900's for all sorts of things. Apparently when they do brain autopsies there's an extremely high concentration of aluminum in the brain that causes a cavity near the center. But I wouldn't know for sure.
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that's too bad. It's a disease that really affects the whole family.


That's true, i'm dealing with it now..
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Yeah of course they do. The reason they become confused is that their short-term (and other) memory is really messed up. If suddenly you didn't know where you were or who anybody was you would most likely act the same way, without your reasoning skills being compromised.. of course in the later stages of Alzheimer's, those too are affected.
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My Grandfather had it. I was the one who took care of him. He lost most of his motor skills, so he couldn't even open his own christmas presents. You could tell he was frustrated with himself, he knew there was a time when he could do it, but he just couldn't. The day after christmas, he got up to take a shower at 4:00 am because he was cold. He had a heart attack and fell. The water was pretty hot and he couldn't get up, so he was burned really bad all over his body. He died the day I went back to school after vacation. Yeah, it sucks.
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Another thing, I'm not sure if this happens with all Alzheimer's but the incontinence... That just makes it even more sad. So many of my grandfather's things ruined. I'm not trying to make lulz. It's an actual side effect (for lack of a better term)... ****. Now I'm bummed out.
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I'm really sorry for all the moods this has just killed. I was just wondering if it was pointless to try and act normal and happy around someone with it. She doesn't really see the point in it, but I like to think that somewhere, all the way until her grandma dies, she has at least some feeling and thought process left enough to realize and maybe even appreciate the hope given off by optimism.
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My grandpa used to race stock cars, but towards the end they had to take his keys and his truck away from him. Watching him ask why he couldn't use the truck was heartbreaking. To see a strong, determined man destroyed by his own mind is horrible.
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It's not pointless to try to be upbeat around someone with Alzheimer's. How would you feel if your memory wasn't what it used to be and everyone around you was gloomy? I don't mean the kind of fake cheery that can be seen a mile away but remembering good things and having a positive attitude. The memory loss affects people in different ways. My grandfather couldn't remember what he had for lunch, but he would remember that a particular relative had visited recently, and he always asked about my husband by name even when it had been over a year since my husband was able to go up north with us. He always knew my daughter, even though he only saw her every six months. And whoever said they know of an abusive situation, that person needs help now.
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