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MEMORIES


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

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MEMORIES


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

Would you take a thing that makes you smile?  Reminds you of a proud moment? Signifies a turning-point in your life?  Makes you think of someone significant?  Your most-prized possession?

 

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 struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and provides educational resources about the impact of such diseases.

Many of our participants that shared their memories have personal experiences 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

ALZHEIMERS


Alzheimer's IS*

ALZHEIMERS


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 Association

NIH - Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias

Caregiver Resource Library

National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center

Alzheimer's Reading Room

Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

 
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CONTACT


CONTACT


CONTACT

If you are Interested in sharing your memories with us, have questions regarding Alzheimer's Disease, our foundation, or something else, please contact us via the form below.

ThESE THINGS FOUNDATION
325 W HURON ST
STE 404 CHICAGO IL 60654

 
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Seeing and hearing the memories and experiences of others

acts as a filter for reflection on our own lives.