Your Life: Even with dementia, the spark of life remains

Charlotte Lankard: With Alzheimer's disease, even as the power of memory and cognition behind the structure of our lives unravels, the spark of life remains.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD clankard@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2013
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Alzheimer's begins with short-term memory loss, but ultimately strips one of identity, personality, autonomy and relationships. Yet, we are left wondering what is going on inside the person.

Sherri believes this is what my daughter observed while working on the Alzheimer's wing in Connecticut.

Krista wrote, “Even as the power of memory and cognition behind the structure of our lives unravels, the spark of life remains. Emotions are felt deeply, intuition persists, and the human desire to know and be known, to love and be loved, remains vital.”

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. About 15.4 million unpaid caregivers tend them.

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Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at clankard@opubco.com.