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12 Minutes with Alzheimer’s: A Close Look Into What It’s Like

Blaine Wilson and his new wife, Georgia, took Blaine’s mother into their Texas home a few years ago when her dementia began making life on her own difficult. But the stresses of a new marriage and a mother who was constantly doing something strange was proving to be too much for the little family.

In an effort to better understand his mother’s behavior and make the situation bearable for everyone involved, Blaine joined reporter Cynthia McFadden in an Alzheimer’s simulation designed to show people what living with the disease is like.

Blaine and Cynthia were asked to wear goggles, uncomfortable shoes, special bandages on their hands, and various other items to imitate the various symptoms dementia patients most often exhibit.

You might be wondering, however, how the experiment manages to reproduce memory loss in its “patients.” Well actually, they don’t. But as it turns out, it doesn’t really matter. Watch the video below to see how well Cynthia and Blaine perform their tasks during this simulation. What they learn is amazing!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?