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Theresa's Story
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Theresa

I am the youngest of eight children. I have lost four of my siblings. They all died in nursing homes with Alzheimer's.

They did not know who they were or who the family was. It was terrible. Now I have an 83-year-old sister in a nursing home. She knows me, but she calls other people by my name sometimes. She hallucinates a lot. She is on a drug for Alzheimer's.

I also have another sister that is 79, and she can't be alone any more. She is moving into an adult living apartment the first of the month. She can not remember for 5 minutes. She is very confused.

So all their is left is my brother and myself. My brother is 76. He lives alone, and he is getting forgetful, but he does pretty good. I am 73 and I can see signs where I am getting forgetful also. I have talked to my doctor, and he does not seem to think there is anything to worry about. But I think there is.

Of course I am concerned. I want to know if there is something I should be doing that can help.


 

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