Alzheimer’s Disease
Elena Maier
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Alzheimer’s run in my family too. Two of my grandparents — my mom’s dad and my dad’s mom — had it. In both cases it was like they were caught in an earlier phase of their lives. It was awful for my grandpa. He would relive his the years just after coming to the US as a young boy, particularly a time when others were mistreating his sister. He would yell at us in German, thinking we were the perpetrators. My grandmother, an amazing cook and restaurant manager for years, would perpetually be preparing an invisible mean. The saddest part is lack of recognition in their eyes when they look at you. I am so interesting in learning about what you uncover.

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