At first glance diseases and their cures appear to have no relationship to politics. Scratch beneath the surface, and it becomes clear that this subject is very much intertwined with politics on many levels. Part of Making America 1st in the world again is researching and arriving at working cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
President Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and announced the fact on November 5, 1994. Speculation still swirls today about whether he was in the early stages of the disease while President. The subject is relevant today in light of all the conversation about candidates’ health and medical fitness to serve. Many have laid out cases that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s Disease.
Our page editor and site contributor, Lynda Armstrong spoke about Alzheimer’s Disease on KENS 5, a CBS affiliate out of Texas. She shared her experience of being a caregiver for a close friend who died of the disease. Thus, Alzheimer’s hits close to home and statistically will hit close to home for many of you reading this.
Every 66 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and there is still no cure for it. Five drugs are prescribed to treat the memory loss aspect of the disease, but none of them slow its progression. The five of them only work 50% of the time.
The Face of Alzheimer’s As Seen From the Heart of a Caregiver
Armstrong wrote The Face of Alzheimer’s As Seen From the Heart of a Caregiver, after taking caring of a loved one. She watched as her friend’s mind slowly disappeared, and she no longer knew family and friends. I edited the manuscript.
It’s a book that will tell you things you can do as a caregiver, and how you as the caregiver survive when your job as a caregiver is over. You can buy The Face of Alzheimer’s in paperback for $6.99 or an e-book for $4.99. The e-book is available at the same price as an Apple iBookstore download for use on iPhones and iPads.
Lynda Armstrong is a graduate of Wayland Baptist with a degree in business. She is the first woman to be hired in 1974 by a major oil company to work in the field. She was victimized by daily sexist and misogynist attacks by those who did not want her there. She started as a roustabout, worked her way up to production supervisor, then taught Petroleum Technology at East New Mexico University Roswell, then was the assistant registrar at Wayland Baptist University’s off-campus program.
Her experience as a caregiver spans 28 years. She has two children, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Interview on KENS
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