I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in October of 2010. It took at least two years of doctor appointments to finally reach that diagnosis. I was about 57 when I began losing things, forgetting names, having difficulty with my computer skills, trouble following directions in the car, and having difficulty with numbers. I was also noticing some perceptual problems and balance issues. I was so young the doctors didn’t think it was Alzheimer’s. I had an MRI which showed nothing and our insurance at the time didn’t cover a PET scan. We were advised to see a psychiatrist. Perhaps it was pseudo-dementia from stress. After about one year or so of different medications and no improvement we went to another neurologist. He recommended a neuro-psych test which showed significant dementia. Our insurance had since changed and it now covered a PET scan which clearly revealed I have Alzheimer’s disease.
I stopped working after I received the diagnosis. We were referred to the Alzheimer’s Association by a friend and the information and support we have received has been invaluable. The staff is extremely professional, supportive and knowledgeable and has guided us through several difficult times. The early stage support group meetings have been informative and helpful in alleviating some of our fears. At least we know there is someplace to go for resources and support. And we have made friends with others in the same situation. We look forward to the meetings every month and are getting together more often than the scheduled times
The Alzheimer’s Association has given us hope, encouragement, survival techniques, and even some joy. The great thing is that all programs and services are available at no cost whatsoever. For families having to cut back or stop working as a result of Alzheimer’s or caring for a loved one, the free programs are a lifesaver! We are so grateful.
We hope you will consider making a contribution today that will help the Alzheimer’s Association continue to give families a place to turn when they need it the most. Your gift today will make sure that these services are here tomorrow.
Sharon and Tom Munson