Forgetting How to Count: A Woman’s Experience with Early Onset Alzheimer’s

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Most of us have a general idea of what Alzheimer’s is and how it affects a person’s memory and behavior. But many of us do not really understand the serious struggle behind the disease. We don’t know exactly how bad it can get and how seriously it exasperates and confuses the sufferer. People with this condition are always trying to be fully aware of their surroundings, always trying to remember what they did just a few seconds ago. But sometimes it’s downright impossible.

In the video below, we get a sneak peak into the life of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Her YouTube channel has documented many of the facets of her life, both happy and frustrating. This is one of the latter. But while you may find this video more heart-wrenching than anything else, we hope it will encourage a new kind of patience and understanding for those suffering from this catastrophic disease. May this woman’s perseverance in this simple but frustrating task be a lesson to us all.

Want to see another inside perspective? Next, learn first-hand what it’s like to go grocery shopping with Alzheimer’s.

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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?