EYE ON HEALTH: 2018 Walk To End Alzheimer's set for Saturday
Georgia Pryor is one of more than 3,000 Tennesseans who died with Alzheimer's disease in 2015.
Georgia's daughter Karen Gibson says their journey with Alzheimer's disease began back in 2004, when she first noticed something just didn't seem right with her mom.
Karen Gibson says, "I started noticing that she was becoming very forgetful; but at the time, I just thought it was associated with the loss of her brother, so I didn't pay it a lot of attention."
But things didn't get better, so Karen made an appointment with the doctor. Her mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, something Karen suspected.
Karen says, "You just learn from your experiences, and I try to share my experiences with other people."
There are lots of families right here in the Tennessee Valley and across the volunteer state dealing with this disease.
There are currently 120,000 Tennesseans living with Alzheimer's. By 2025 that number is expected to increase to 140,000 and there are currently 435,000 Tennesseans acting as caregivers.
Karen says, "When you have someone in your family and you suspect there is some type of dementia or problem, obviously, get them to the doctor, but also educate yourself."
Karen says it's important to reach out to get help from family, friends, and places like the local Alzheimer's Association.
Karen says, "I just want everybody to know that it's an emotional roller coaster for the caregiver."
Karen isn't giving up on the fight to find a cure, which is why she continues to walk for a cure.
Karen says, "The walk is so important because that's a way to raise money so the research can continue to find a cure for this disease."
The 2018 Walk To End Alzheimer's will be on September 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tennessee Riverpark.
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