Nov 08, 2022
2 mins read
Originally posted to my YouTube Channel in 2019...
The Closing of the Window, My Nana's Fight with Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Awareness Month
📝 In my second semester in college, I wrote a paper for my ENGL 1302 class about my Nana and her battle with Alzheimer's. I knew a little bit about it while she was dealing with the disease but since I was only 14 years old when she passed away, I didn't know what could have caused it. I threw myself into this paper and almost didn't think of anything else for weeks and weeks. Teepa Snow and her videos helped me understand the disease and were a great resource for this project I'm sharing with the world.
📌 My Nana was my Nana. She was fierce. She was smart. She was brave. But even with all of her amazing qualities, Alzheimer's Disease still found a way to steal her from us like chiseling at the stone, taking her piece by piece until she was a shell of the person she once was. In this video, I talk about what I believe could have caused her dementia, some of the early signs she had, and how my family handled taking care of her.
📌 My hope for this video is to just share my Nana's story -- along with my Granny's as she had vascular dementia, which is talked about in the video -- and raise awareness so that there could one day be a cure.
🎶Music -- the YouTube Audio Library🎶
Remember Me -- JR Tundra
Strolling Through -- Silent Partner
Family Album -- Magic in the Other
Mother's Son -- Topher Mohr & Alex Elena
📝 Works Cited 📝
📍Attems, Johannes “Investigating Whether a Particular Type of Amyloid Protein Is Linked to Alzheimer's https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/researc...
📍Chow, Connie & Editorial Team at DailyCaring. “TIA Is a Warning Sign of Stroke and Vascular Dementia.” DailyCaring, 30 May 2017, dailycaring.com/tia-is-a-warning-sign-of-stroke-and-vascular-dementia
📍Coor, Kate “Can Trauma Trigger Dementia?” The Unforgettable Blog, 22 Nov. 2017, www.unforgettable.org/blog/can-trauma-trigger-dementia/
📍Disease Development.” Alzheimer's Society, www.alzheimers.org.uk/research/our-research/research-projects/investigating-whether-particular-type-amyloid-protein-linked-alzheimers-disease-development.
📍MacGill, Markus. “Dementia: Symptoms, Treatments, and Causes.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 1 Dec. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/142214.php
📍Mayo Clinic “Lewy Body Dementia.”, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 9 Aug. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lewy-body-dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352025
📍Oken, Barry S, et al. “Stress-Related Cognitive Dysfunction in Dementia Caregivers.” Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3340013/.
📍Snow, Teepa “What Is Dementia?” YouTube, YouTube, 23 July 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=t--mkzfHuIE.