Tag: Alzheimer’s disease

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Large numbers of our population are curious about their ancestry, and are using the services that tell them about their kin.The ancestry tests are now offering a new kit that tests for potential health risks. For example, with 23andMe you can request additional reports for the APOE gene, which could be an indicator of a […]

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Rest in Peace, Philip Charles Gabriel

 

Three weeks ago, my dad talked to me for the last time. Three days ago, he died.

During those final weeks, any words surprised me. He was diagnosed with dementia eight years ago, four years after that with Alzheimer’s disease, and hasn’t been able to converse for several months. Every visit, he was a bit quieter, a lot thinner; a little less like Dad.

But he could still manage that sweet smile I remembered from my youngest days. Dad was gentle, peaceful, and seemed happy for visits, even when he didn’t know who we were. My brother, sister, and I would sit around dad’s couch or bed; he was content to eavesdrop on our conversations, occasionally revealing sparks of recognition.

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Earl sat catty-corner to me in the large black chair that he always sat in with the meditation group. His thumb and index finger cradled his chin as he nodded his head. I could sense the change in his listening; rather than preparing what he would say next, he was reflecting on my words and […]

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I don’t know a person whose life is not touched by Alzheimer’s disease in some way: a family member or a friend might be a victim, and some of those may be undiagnosed. I had been somewhat encouraged that the cause of Alzheimer’s had been clearly diagnosed and was being treated. Now it appears that […]

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