Alzheimer’s: am I next?

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Your parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and as their biological child you wonder, “Will that be my fate?”

In 2019, an article of mine, Me Worry? Not on your Life was published on the CogniHealth website, a company that in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, developed a caregiver aid for those – especially family members – providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. (Please note that the linked post references an extraordinary non-profit that I am still a part of but no longer serve in a managerial capacity, having retired from doing so.)

I chose the topic of whether or not dementia might be passed along to biological family members because as a daughter who witnessed the decline of her father as a result of dementia, I certainly had an opinion on the matter. Does one need to worry their entire life about the chance of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease?

I hope you will read my article that while transparent and painfully clear, also provides many rays of hope and encouragement for those in similar circumstances.

At the very least, I am certain you will come away with a clearer understanding of how little value worry contributes to ones’ life.

4 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s: am I next?

    Book Club Mom said:
    May 16, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    I’m with Jill – there are so many potential worries – better to just find joy in the present. Heading over now to read your article. 🙂

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      Irene Olson responded:
      May 16, 2022 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you! In the moment is THE place to be – always my goal, but I don’t always succeed. Be well. Stay well.

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    Jill Weatherholt said:
    May 16, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for sharing your article, Irene. I agree, worry definitely steals the joy from life. I’m working hard this year to keep my mind from going into the rabbit hole of worry…especially at night! 🙂

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