In the article "Sandy's story", we are given an "unprecedented look at the cruel journey of a vibrant, once healthy man as he gradually loses his memory". While Sandy and his loved ones describe the difficulties and emotional turmoil that of course accompanies a progressive dementia, Halperin demonstrates inner strength and positivity as we learn about his work as an advocate for Alzheimer's, and how he's coping including spending time with family and living in the moment.
"At times, the memory loss is painful, Halperin says.
"All we really are is our thoughts," he says. "So this is a different kind of pain. The pain is emotional."
According to research published in March by the Alzheimer's Association, among people 60 and older, an Alzheimer's diagnosis stirs more fear than any other disease — even cancer or stroke ...
Losing the ability to think and recall — what could be defined as the very essence of being human — is almost universally terrifying. So terrifying that many people dwell for years in a state of denial."