Posted by Leah Levine

When I found out that my grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease, I was too young to understand. In my ten years of life, I had learned that ‘disease’ meant ‘sick,’ and sickness was cured by a few simple things: medicine, soup, and rest. My parents gently explained that these usually reliable methods wouldn’t help my grandmother; she wasn’t going to get better.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed (alz.org). It causes memory loss, confusion, and difficulty functioning. This progressive disease leads to a complete loss of ability to respond and eventually death.

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