Good news: When Alzheimer's makes memories fade, that's not always a bad thing
Posted Apr 06 2009 11:15pm
When I saw this headline, I had to go take a look.
"Your grandmother has Alzheimer's, right?" the doctor asked me, scrawling notes into a floppy manila folder.
I hadn't expected to discuss my grandmother's Alzheimer's with him. I was hoping to hear some explanation as to why, apart from her memory, my grandmother's overall health seemed so mysteriously improved. Her lupus, for instance, had all but disappeared from her blood work.
"Yes, but ..." I began.
"Well, there is a theory," he said, "that people with Alzheimer's heal themselves of their diseases. Because they forget they have them."
At this point, I was thinking, what the heck? But, I kept reading...I think you might be surprised.
I suggest you go read this article. My guess is you will have a reaction. If you have the time, come back and make a comment.
Bob DeMarco is a citizen journalist, blogger, and Caregiver. In addition to being an experienced writer he taught at the University of Georgia , was an Associate Director and Limited Partner at Bear Stearns, the CEO of IP Group, and a mentor. Bob currently resides in Delray Beach, FL where he cares for his mother, Dorothy, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. He has written more than 500 articles with more than 11,000 links to his work on the Internet. His content has been syndicated on Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Pluck, Blog Critics, and a growing list of newspaper websites. Bob is actively seeking syndication and writing assignments.