The image of Alzheimer’s needs to change.
Too often it is a whispered word, as though it is something shameful; as though it is repugnant. To most people it seems foreign and frightening. They conjure up a kind of Bedlam, where everyone is drooling, screaming and moaning. Or they conjure up the silent shell of a human being. And, sadly for those who are severely afflicted, this can be the case. But Alzheimer’s/Dementia has many faces, of all ages and many variants.
I have no doubt that there are many people with the disease, walking about perfectly ‘normally’ and getting on with their lives, as I am. And the only person to know that they had Alzheimer’s, would be themselves.
However, in way do I want to minimise Alzheimer’s: As it becomes more extreme, it can be grim, indeed.
What I would like, is to see is more Awareness, and less Prejudice. And always openness.
There’s no shame, in having Alzheimer’s. It’s just another stage. I should know.