Wednesday 11 August 2010

CBC News - Health - Alzheimer's predicted by spinal-fluid test

CBC News - Health - Alzheimer's predicted by spinal-fluid test

I have not blogged in quite a while. My mother is now in the last few days of her life. She is dying from Alzheimer's Disease as is my aunt, her sister. The last few months have been difficult for the family. It is a horrible horrible way to die.

I will be writing more after she has died. For those of you who pray, wish her godspeed on her last journey in this life. When all is said and done, I will miss her.


lorna vanderhaeghe said...

The condition is common among people in their senior years.

Sheila said...

Hi Lorna
I just reread the story and that is the point of the story tentative result of the study. It would suggest that these seniors are at risk (or will) for developing Alzheimer's.

It was clear in both my father-in-law (yes, I went through this 2ce although almost 20 years apart) and my mother's cases that they showed signs at least 10 years before they were actually "diagnosed". i suspect that they were atypical because they managed to live alone (with help from their family & friends - no-one knew what was going on anyway & they both were extremely stubborn and private people) until the last few months of the illness.

It is the irony of better health care that, for example, my father-in-law could have died from heart issues much earlier than he did but they were corrected. If they hadn't been, he would have died earlier and we would never have known that he had Alzheimer's.

The really interesting thing is that they both managed to fool their financial advisers right up to the end. Amazing what the brain can do even as it is deteriorating!!

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