All Articles Tagged "Alzheimer’s Disease"
Not long ago, I was helping a friend behind-the-scenes at an event, and one of the featured guests had Alzheimer’s disease. We were expecting her to show up at a certain time for hair and makeup when we received a call from her husband. She had jumped out of the car they were in, and he couldn’t find her. It was unsettling, to say the least. When he called back a few hours later to say that he’d found her and everything was okay, we all breathed a sigh of relief.
That night, I couldn’t stop thinking about her. And Alzheimer’s. It’s such a mysterious disease. I start googling and discover that it’s on the rise. Right now, over five million people have it and by the year 2050 that number is expected to reach 16 million. That’s a lot of Alzheimer’s.
My mind shifts over to my friend Jonyse whose mother has it. Maybe she can give me some insight. Jonyse says that she never saw it coming. “I went to my mother’s place one day and it was unusually messy, and another time she had no food, even though she said she had just gone food shopping. When the bank teller called to say that she was coming in every week to get new cards because she couldn’t remember her PIN, I knew something was out of whack.”
She took her mother to the emergency room and they diagnosed her with dementia–11 years later, she has full-blown Alzheimer’s. When I ask Jonyse if her mother knows who she is she says,
“It feels like it. They’re still who they are, but on a different plane; in another dimension. She still speaks to me, but differently. I have to raise my level of consciousness when I’m around her because I have to be open to the fact that she’s still my mother; my greatest teacher. There are things that I can still learn from her.”
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You can’t mention iconic African American models without mentioning the name Barbara Smith. Known these days as simply B. Smith, the restaurateur was one of the first Black models to cover fashion mag Mademoiselle before opening her very first restaurant in New York City in 1986, B. Smith’s. Though she’s largely been out of the limelight in recent years, the timeless beauty is one again making headlines, but not for a glamorous reason: She’s opening up about her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
B. Smith’s diagnosis came about four years ago when she told her doctor she was often repeating things or not answering questions — symptoms of the mentally debilitating disease. She told CBS news of the diagnosis:
“It meant something bad — really bad to me.”
Unable to recall the date, month, or year during her interview, she went on to say, “Things like that make me very sad.”
Last October, B. Smith’s neurologist Dr. Martin Goldstein conducted a special scan on the former model to look for amyloid, a sticky protein that damages nerves and is present in patients with Alzheimer’s, and unfortunately he told CBS: “It’s everywhere.”
Despite the dismal outlook as her symptoms continue to progress, B has a positive outlook, saying:
“I think the future’s going to be fine. I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me, and for as many people that I can possibly help, too.”
We’re wishing her the best.
Bobby Womack, R&B legend, has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, according to revelations he made to the BBC. In an interview, the singer-songwriter who is now 68 shared, ”The doctor said, ‘You have signs of Alzheimer’s.’ He said it’s not bad yet, but it’s going to get worse.”
Read about Bobby’s reaction to his diagnosis on The Grio.
Rev. Al Sharpton’s mother, Ada Sharpton, passed away early this morning after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for several years.
Ada Sharpton was 87 years old and lived in Dothan, AL. Al reportedly learned of her passing while boarding a flight to Sanford, FL, to attend a rally for Trayvon Martin this evening, and he sent a tweet to let followers know that he will still continue with his plans to fight for justice for the slain teen.
“My mother, Ada Sharpton passed in the early hours of this morning,” he tweeted. “She was my all. I hope God will give her now, PEACE. I love you, Mom.”
“I am on the flight to Florida and will move forward with our plans to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin,” he added. “My MOM would have wanted me to.”
After the rally, Al will fly to Alabama to make plans for his mother’s funeral. Hopefully his work in Florida will comfort him at the time of this sad news.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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