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 ( 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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