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January 29, 2016 was the day that life changed for my mom. Long story short. She fell and hit her head at St. Joseph Church in Waipahu and sustained a skull fracture. She was in the hospital for two weeks. However, with God's grace she recovered quickly. Prior to being injured she had already shown signs of short term memory and this serious injury led her to being diagnosed with dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
It has been very difficult for mom since then. For all who know her, she is fiercely independent and really enjoys going out and about. The doctors said it is no longer safe for her to drive which has been very, very hard for her to accept. Life is different now for all of us as we deal with the "symptoms" of dementia where at least two of the core mental functions are significantly impaired.
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
For more information on dementia go to http://www.alz.org
God bless you and mahalo for your support.