Patty’s mother, Eleanor Deyden, passed away last week at age 83. As shown in the photos above, we will remember her love of life as well as her love of family including husband Jules, six children and twelve grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Sadly, we really lost Eleanor many months ago to a terrible disease—Alzheimer’s. Here are some facts about the disease from the Alzheimer’s Association web site:
- Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
- Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age. Up to 5% of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
- Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms.
Our family can attest to the terrible effects of Alzheimer’s, both on the individual and their family. Many of you probably have friends or relatives who have also been affected. In Eleanor’s memory, we urge everyone to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org.