On Alzheimer’s Disease

Of all the illnesses that can beset people, I think Alzheimer‘s Disease must be one of the worst.

It is devastating for all parties.

The family members cannot help but feel despair at seeing the soul of their family member eroded away, for what are we if not our memories? What is left when those memories leak away?

However the caregivers’ anguish must be as naught when compared to the circumstances of the disease’s victim.

Can you even begin to imagine the terror you would feel on waking up in an unfamiliar  place, surrounded by strangers who seem bound and determined to control your every move?  And for this to happen, every time you wake up?  It is not surprising some Alzheimer’s patients become violent.  Indeed, for me it is surprising that all of them do not.

I have read research, which I’m not going to attempt to find and cite, which indicates that a lifelong habit of partaking of at least two cups of caffeinated coffee per day dramatically reduces the likelihood of this disease afflicting you.  Yes, caffeine is addictive, however to me the addiction is benign, and if there is a chance it is a preventative of one of the most terrifying  diseases I can imagine. Well then I will savor my morning cups of coffee {plural} all the more.

The next time you hear of someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, I encourage you to offer as much of your pity to the victim as to the family members left to care for them.

About C.G.Ayling

Musing misuser of words, lover of lyrical literature, author, occasional contrary thoughts. An honorable man’s name, in memoriam.
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3 Responses to On Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Lydia says:

    I watched a relative lose herself in Alzheimer’s. It was a slow, terrible decline. So slow, in fact, that I don’t really have memories of what she was like before her memory problems started.

    (Of course, I was pretty young when it all began).

    I once read that keeping your mind and body active reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s. So I exercise several times a week, meditate, and work on puzzles. I hope it helps…

    • C.G.Ayling says:

      Isn’t it amazing how much something we read or hear is able to influence us?

      Words are powerful things. I hope no one has to suffer from this disease. There are rumors Alzheimer’s runs in our family… I hope that coffee can keep rumors at bay.

  2. Lydia says:

    Yes, it’s incredible.

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