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What’s The Point If We Might Forget Some Day?

Alzheimer’s Disease is scary because it makes one wonder the meaning of life experiences

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What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

What are the symptoms?

As we know memory problems are what’s most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease but a decline in other areas of thinking like the inability to make judgements and illogical reasoning are also seen in people who have this disease.

People with Alzheimer’s have difficulty doing everyday activities such as making tea and dressing themselves. Sometimes it can get so bad that some people with Alzheimer’s even forget how to swallow and eat.

They may ask the same questions over and over, get lost easily, lose things or put them in odd places, and find even simple things confusing. As the disease progresses, some people become worried, angry, or violent.

What’s The Point If We Might Forget Some Day?

Are our experiences meaningless?

It is a tragic. Utterly tragic knowing there is a chance we may forget our life experiences one day.

I once volunteered at a retirement home and there was an elderly man who once was a pilot during his adult life but had no recollection of it. I saw all the pictures of him as a pilot but he didn’t even recognize himself.

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My own grandfather on my mother’s side had Alzheimer’s. He showed all the symptoms. He didn’t recognize my mother as his own daughter. He repeatedly asked the same questions, he placed things in odd places and sometimes became violent or angry. Once he drank oil and had to be taken to the hospital.

It’s truly heartbreaking. No matter how much you know about this topic it’s never easy. My neuroscience professor was in tears as she was teaching a class on Alzheimer’s because she was remembering her grandmother who had the disease.

Whenever I think about this disease it does terrify me knowing it runs in the family (my grandfather’s sister also had it). However, it also equally, in a twisted way, soothes me because it’s a reminder that experiences are NOT meaningless because what matters is living in the moment, the present.

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Be Present

We are constantly stressing out by setting high standards for ourselves and competing with other people on this life journey.

Who’s going to snatch the next best job opportunity, who looks the best, who’s already started a family and so on.

If there is a chance that you may forget all this one day, even forget your own family members like when my grandfather with Alzheimer’s forget my mom (his own daughter), then it’s better to appreciate all you have now and live for the moment because the future isn’t guaranteed in more ways than one.

Time is basically an illusion created by the mind to aid in our sense of temporal presence in the vast ocean of space. Without the neurons to create a virtual perception of the past and the future based on all our experiences, there is no actual existence of the past and the future. All that there is, is the present.

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