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If you had to leave planet earth tomorrow, what would you take to remember your time here? 

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If you had to leave planet earth tomorrow, what would you take to remember your time here? 

THESE THINGS is a project about memory. Who or what do you remember? What event or moment in your life stays with you? What THING when you see or touch it brings you back in time? We all have these memories and THINGS we’ve collected over the years that represent them. THESE THINGS is a way to share those memories, tell your stories and help others that are dealing with the most memory-sapping of diseases, Alzheimer’s.

Below are stories shared by actors, fitness instructors, artists, doctors, teachers, salesmen, designers, etc. Different walks-of-life, different upbringings, different experiences but all with memories and THINGS that represent them.

Many also share their first-hand knowledge of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Some have watched loved ones struggle with the illness while others are struggling themselves. These are powerful stories that let you know you aren’t alone and can provide insight into what is to come.

THESE THINGS VIDEOS


THESE THINGS VIDEOS

THESE THINGS VIDEOS


THESE THINGS VIDEOS

What would you take? Your most-prized possession? A thing that makes you smile?  Something that reminds you of a turning-point in your life? 

Take a look at what these people chose and hear why...

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"Proust once wrote in a letter, 'We think we no longer love the dead because we don’t remember them, but if by chance we come across an old glove we burst into tears.' Objects, sometimes more powerfully than faces, remind us of what was and no longer is..."

-from the new york times magazine, object lesson by teju cole, 3/17/15

ALZHEIMER'S EXPERIENCES


ALZHEIMER'S EXPERIENCES

ALZHEIMER'S EXPERIENCES


ALZHEIMER'S EXPERIENCES

These Things Foundation provides a therapeutic outlet and resource for individuals witnessing or experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and provides educational resources about the impact of such diseases.

Many participants in THESE THINGS share their memories of friends or family members with Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for loved ones with dementia can be extremely challenging, especially for those with no previous experience. Whether or not you have been affected by Alzheimer’s, we hope you find these anecdotes to be supportive, instructive, and therapeutic.

 

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"Storytelling is human.  We learn through stories, and we use them to make sense of our lives."

-dr. thomas k. houston, from the new york times, when patients share stories, health may improve by pauline w. chen, 2/10/11

RESOURCES


Alzheimer's IS*

RESOURCES


Alzheimer's IS*

  • Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

  • Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. 

  • Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

  • Alzheimer's worsens over time. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. 

  • Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.  

* According to the Alzheimer's Association.

Additional Resources:

ALZHEIMER’S V. DEMENTIA - What’s the Difference?

Alzheimer's Association

World Health Organization - Dementia Fact Sheet

NIH - Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementia

Caregiver Resource Library

National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center

Alzheimer's Reading Room

Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

 

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THESE THINGS FOUNDATION

1521 N SANDBURG TERRACE

CHICAGO IL 60610

 
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