These 14 Crocheted Squares Show How Alzheimer's Affects The Brain Over Time

"Remember that there is still a person behind this disease."

In a post on the Love What Matters Instagram page, one person wrote about their mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis, hoping to educate others about the disease and spread awareness. 

The writer's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when she was 54 years old, and the doctor recommended crocheting as a tool to exercise her mind. Attached to the writer's post is a photo of 14 squares her mother crocheted. 



"This shows the progression of her disease from the beginning of diagnosis until about two years into the disease's progress. At this point, we were already aware that she had the disease."

"My mother is still alive and has been living with the disease for 12 years," the writer continues, adding that the disease has left her unable to tend to her basic needs. "She needs help with dressing, feeding, bathing ... She has been cared for at home during the duration of her disease, with the help of my immediate family, (my father has acted as primary caretaker and is a true hero for his selflessness), my extended family, her dedicated caretaker, and more recently ... hospice support." 

The writer hopes this post will shed some light on the disease and how it affects all those dealing with it. "And to remember that there is still a person behind this disease," they write. 

"My father truly has been such an inspiration and has taught me what it means to love unconditionally. And seeing the way the rest of my family has pulled together — from my brother and sister-in-law, my grandmother, my aunts who cook meals for my family each night, my mom's caretaker who truly loves her and sees past her disease, and those in our lives who provide love and support along the way. It really takes a village."

According to the Alzheimer's Association there is "an estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer's." Donating or volunteering your time to help the cause can make a world of different to further research for better treatment for this disease. As this post illustrates, it is so important to also ensure people living with Alzheimer's have a strong network of supportive, loving and patient people around them.  

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