Bat­tling Alzheimer’s

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OPINION -

Over the past few years my mom has been be­com­ing in­creas­ingly for­get­ful due to de­men­tia, most likely Alzheimer’s dis­ease. In just a few short years she has moved from an in­de­pen­dent liv­ing sit­u­a­tion to as­sisted liv­ing. Now she must tran­si­tion to me­mory care to pro­vide her with set sched­ules and rou­tines to help re­duce stress. My mom was al­ways help­ing oth­ers and went all over Long Is­land and Mon­mouth County. It has been ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and up­set­ting to see her di­gress for me and my fam­ily.

Re­cently, I spent a long time with mom in a me­mory care unit. I ob­served that so many in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies strug­gling as they deal with the hor­ri­ble dis­ease. Look­ing back, it didn’t con­cern me un­til it per­son­ally af­fected me.

While look­ing for help, I dis­cov­ered that my own Con­gress­man (Chris Smith), has ded­i­cated over a decade pro­vid­ing sup­port for Alzheimer’s and other De­men­tia re­lated dis­eases. Con­gress­man Smith Spon­sored and Co-Spon­sored Leg­is­la­tion to pro­vide funds for treat­ment re­search, care and sup­port for the care­givers.

Thank you Con­gress­man Chris Smith for all the ef­fort you have put forth to find treat­ments and build com­mu­nity cen­ters of ex­cel­lence to help bat­tle this dis­ease that takes every­thing away from you. Please keep up the great work!

-- Keith Fin­ger, Holmdel

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