Amarillo, TX - Today, adults are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's at younger and younger ages. Local organizations and families are trying to raise more awareness, especially one Amarillo mom who has been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's disease.
Molly Lowe is only 53-years-old.
"It's hard to get up in the morning and try to do the right things and my mom has to help me and my sister has to help me," Molly said. "So, it's taken a lot away from me."
Every day, she prays for a cure.
"People are trying to get it done now but we have to work really, really hard and it's hard because some of the other people, you know," Molly said. "... they don't understand what's happening."
She spoke at an Alzheimer's educational conference. For more than 20 years, she was a nurse. Now, Molly relies on her family to care for her.
"I just, I just thought I was going to die," Molly said. "I really thought this is the end of my life and having family around has really helped a lot."
It has turned her family's world upside down. Alzheimer's does not always happen at an older age. Her 26-year-old daughter, Megan, was at the conference and talked about the way things have changed.
"It's kind of a very emotional experience to know that I'm now the power of attorney for my mom and that I have to budget all her finances and try to find long-term care coverage for her," Megan said. "It's been extremely stressful and kind of a hard place to be in at this age, but I love her so much I would do anything for her."
All their family is asking for is more help, but time is ticking and Molly hopes her life can be more normal again.
"I need somebody to help us figure this out." Molly said. "We have got to find a way to get this done."
To become more involved in raising Alzheimer's awareness. You can click on the link attached or join the livEOn support group for early Alzheimer's or dementia. More information on livEOn is provided below.