There are an estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2020. Eighty percent are age 75 or older.
Out of the total U.S. population: • One in 10 people (10%) age 65 and older has
By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected
to reach 13.8 million as compared to the 5.8 million in 2020.
We all need to be aware of this devastating disease. It not only affects the individual afflicted with the disease but it is life altering and excruciatingly painful for family to watch loved ones disappear before their eyes.
Below is portion of a post I made last month. I am sharing it again because I am asking for continued prayer for my daughter-n-law’s mom who, just this week, has been placed in a rehab center and will be transferred to the memory care ward of that facility next week.
My daughter -n-law is an extremely strong young woman and is doing her best to care for her mom while also caring for my three grandchildren, my son and their home. She also now has the burden of selling her mother’s home and caring for her brother who has bipolar. SHE NEEDS OUR PRAYERS.
So if you have a moment to spare please pray for Jamie, her mom and her family – that God will give Jamie strength during this difficult time and may God give her mom peace. I pray that if and when her mom forgets who we are that she will still remember JESUS. Even if she forgets I know that He will be by her side each step of the way.
Here is what I wrote in my previous post that I made about forgetting things and about Jamie’s mom.
What or who are you afraid of forgetting? I seem to be forgetting little things more and more lately. Words escape me. The wrong ones slip out. No, I haven’t forgotten my keys and found them in the refrigerator yet, but my brain gets tired sometimes.
My daughter n law’s Mother has some dementia and has been falling a lot. She forgets to take her medication and doesn’t remember eating sometimes. She’s confused about dates and mixes up names. I’m afraid it is time for my Daughter n Law to make the difficult decision of placing her mom in a memory facility. It is painful to hear how she is dealing with watching her mother forget more and more.
When I found my birth family, my mom unfortunately had already passed away but I did find my siblings along with my birth mother’s husband, who had remarried. Everyone welcomed me with open arms. I now have a new mom and dad along with a brother and sister whom I love dearly.
I bring this up because my new Dad, who is 86 years old, is suffering from Dementia also and Mom is caring for him by herself. It is so difficult to care for and love someone slipping away. Mom is a strong woman, just like Jamie, but taking care of Dad at her age is often overwhelming. I wish I lived closer so I could help. Please say a pray for Mom and Dad as well.
I am reminded that though I am younger than Dad – I am older than Jamie’s mom. Age apparently doesn’t matter. I also have lapses of memory and knowing what they are both going through scares me sometimes. I find fear gripping at me as I watch and listen to Dad and Jamie’s mom and am afraid of what the years ahead hold for me.
Forgetting to eat or take medication, or forgetting names or words is one thing, but forgetting loved ones is terrifying to me. But that is not the worst fear that I have. I am afraid I will forget who Our Lord is. That is my greatest fear.
He has been my anchor throughout my entire life and without Him I am afraid I will truly be lost. I pray that those around me will remind me if I falter.
The one thing that helps, is knowing that even if I forget who Jesus is, He will never forget who I am. I know He will be with me no matter what and He will guide me home when it’s time. Plus I refuse to let fear of what might happen tomorrow control me today.
I am Thankful that I still remember most things, as well as my family, my friends and my Lord. I am grateful that I still know who I am, what year it is, where I live and have my shoes on the right feet. I’m also grateful that my memory lapses are minimal and that I have family that will be with me when and if I ever need them. There are some that have no one to care for them.
If you or someone you know, needs help or answers regarding Dementia or Alzheimer’s contact your Private Physician or you can call The Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 1-866-232-8484.
What are you thankful for today?
I’m sure God would love to hear from you and so would I.
Blessings my friends, VICTORIA