Alzheimer’s is an awful disease.
It’s a chronic neurodegenerative disease that causes one’s mind to fail — slowly at first, and then more rapidly. Advanced Alzheimer’s patients become completely dependent on their caregivers who, most of the time, they don’t even recognize. Few things are more painful than watching someone you love go through the pain of losing the ability to communicate.
As awful as it is, the extent to which Alzheimer’s affects the brain is also very difficult for many people to grasp. That’s why photos such as the one in today’s story are so incredibly powerful.