Marcia Gay Harden Raises Awarness Of Alzheimer's Diaseas After Her Mom Gets It

Lifestyle & Health

December 29, 2017 18:19 By Fabiosa

An Oscar-winning actress and “Code Black” star, Marcia Gay Harden, has a lot of memorable roles, and her achievements are truly incredible. However, her main one connected not with the movies industry. Her mom, Beverly, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 8 years ago and since then, Marcia tries to spread the awareness and give some pieces of advice to those who faced the same problem as she did. Harden remembers the time when they got to know that her mom has got Alzheimer’s.

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Eight years ago, we were on a trip and my mom kept forgetting where she had put her passport. At first, I thought, ‘Okay, I do that sort of thing all the time,’ So she did it one time, okay, but two times, then three and four. Then you go, ‘Oh, something is not right here’.

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The actress adds that, of course, it’s a difficult time for every family when one of the members gets sick. What’s more, it’s really important to get diagnosed early, than you can; at least, start doing something - get to know more about Alzheimer’s and go to the doctor.

So again, being aware in the early stages is a fantastic gift because you give yourself the gift of time, and the person is still in charge of their time... They can be active in talking about the process, whereas if it's later, they may not have that and the family has to make decisions for the person.

She also tells that now she educates her children about that. Because she wants them to know how to take care of people with this disease. Marcia knows that Alzheimer’s is hard to diagnose and sometimes, the symptoms are not that obvious. So that’s why the whole family should be aware and if any member suspects that something goes wrong and the other can also notice that – it helps to create the picture of the diagnosis for the doctor.

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Harden says that she hopes her personal story would be able to help others, and she also recommends to get more information from and get diagnosed as early as possible if needed.

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