I thought I was getting Alzheimer's. I really did. And how ironic would that be? I blog on the Huffington Post and Alzheimer's Reading Room about my experiences as an Alzheimer's caregiver for my Romanian life partner, Edward Theodoru.
Even the most giving, skilled, and loving family caregiver can get overwhelmed rather quickly. And not every family member is hard-wired to be a caregiver. Lighten up on yourself, and keep your expectations reasonable.
It might very well be the case that adequate adiponectin activity may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's. However, resistance to the hormone may prevent the body from benefitting from the those effects. Further research is needed to resolve this new puzzle.
Today, too many families face President Reagan's "long goodbye" -- and too many Alzheimers' victims know, even as the disease begins to rob them of their memories, of the pain their families will face.