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the tears
Written by LaurelLaurel Palladino
Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Myth vs. Truth
Exploring the truth and the myths of Alzheimer's and Dementia.
Aged man who uses a wheelchair staring through the window outdoors with his wife behind him

I really like the attached article for many reasons. First it makes the distinction between Alzheimer’s and Dementia simple. Dementia is the umbrella for any disease that causes cognitive decline serious enough to interfere with daily living. I have a bad habit of using these terms interchangeably and they are not the same. Alzheimer’s is the largest percent of dementia but they are not the same.  Second, it gives me hope that just because my dad and grandmother had it doesn’t mean I am destined to go down the same path. It reminds me that genetics aren’t the only factor at play. There are several healthy habits that can go a long way to prevent this disease, and believe me I practice all of them(most of the time). Lastly, a diagnosis doesn’t mean that quality of life ends. There are new medications everyday that can slow the progression. It definitely means there will be lifestyle changes but there can still be good days. We so often see the worst case scenario, this article paints a slightly better picture of life with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.

So, here’s my story…

I am Laurel, an author and advocate for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Through my book, “Laughing Through The Tears,” I hope to shed light on the journey of those affected by this condition and offer a unique perspective that combines laughter and resilience.

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