Kids Sit Down With A Woman With Alzheimer's To Learn What It's Like To Have It

"You told me your name, but I forgot it."

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. More than 5 million people in this country are currently living with the disease. Alzheimer's causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. While these symptoms often develop very slowly, they become worse over time. 

To bring awareness to the disease and teach a few kids what it's like to live with it, the team at Cut Video gathered a group of children to meet with a 70-year-old retired lawyer who has Alzheimer's



The woman taught them about the disease and shared a little bit about what her day-to-day life is like living with it. 

"About seven years ago, I began to forget things," she explained. 

"I forget everything," one boy replied. 

While she lost her train of thought in the video and repeated herself, the kids kept asking questions (such as "Is it contagious?" and "Can you die from it?"). They clearly felt sad that she has this disease, but still genuinely listened to her share her experience. 

And isn't that a lesson we could all serve to learn from? Even if a topic is difficult to talk about, or makes you feel sad or angry, it's important to let people share their experiences — and really hear them. Whether it's about a life-threatening disease like Alzheimer's, or racism in America, or human trafficking, we need to have these conversations regardless of how challenging they may be. Then, we can start to make a real difference. 

"I have hope that there's going the be a cure to stop Alzheimer's," the woman said at the end of the video. And we do, too. 

You can watch the video above. 

To learn more about Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Association's website

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