Dealing with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the second leading cause of death for American’s over the age of 60. Today, News 25’s Shelby Graham sat down with a local family who has a family member with Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect the person who is diagnosed, it can also be a struggle for those close to them as well. “The forgetfulness, you know it hurts that she doesn’t remember the little things, like she knows who we are, the people that’s around her all the time, she still knows us but my birthday, she doesn’t remember,” said Sherida Harden.
Sherida Harden takes care of her mother,Margaret Harden, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2010. She helps her do the daily tasks that she can no longer do on her own. “I have to help her get dressed and comb her hair and everything and brush her teeth and all that.”
Harden says that awareness is so important and catching the signs of the disease early can help in prolonging their memory. “If you see people that you love forgetting the little things that they would normally know, I would go and try and see if there is anything going on and see if they can be tested.”
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held this Saturday in Biloxi. Harden urges people to get involved to find a cure for this terrible disease. While it saddens Harden to see her mother declining, she says she hasn’t lost her spunk. She is the same women she has always been and there isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t smiling. “Wonderfully blessed by the best 24/7,” Margaret Harden.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held November 14th at the Biloxi Town Green. For more information, visit ms-info@alz.com.

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