Healthy Living

Alzheimer's: Writing on the Edge of Forgetfulness

The Problem with Some Literature

Sometimes, giving a true-to-life depiction of Alzheimer’s will always require speculation since it’s impossible to actually know what it’s like. Up until the penultimate phase of the disease, the person still retains certain lucidity and is able to convey basic ideas, though they will require help to perform basic tasks such as paying bills, cooking meals, and traveling from one place to another, to name a few. As the disease progresses into its final, advanced stage, and the person loses most of his basic functions alongside most of his or her muscle mass, the authors must turn to theorizing when describing the disease.