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Life Lessons: What Todd Pierce’s family has learned since his dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year

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Life is hard, stressful, fast-paced and can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why EastIdahoNews.com is partnering with MorningStar Senior Living of Idaho Falls to bring you Life Lessons.

We usually ask MorningStar residents to share gems of wisdom every Tuesday with us. Some of their answers might make you laugh, some may make you cry, some may even change your life.

For the next few weeks, we are interviewing people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This is leading up to the 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 26. The purpose is to raise awareness and find a cure for the terminal disease.

Todd Pierce’s dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a little over a year ago. He started having delusions and was acting unusual. Todd’s family was shocked as his father, who is 72-years-old, had lived an extremely healthy, independent life.

Todd compares experiencing Alzheimer’s as “going through a really long death.” It has reminded his family os what’s important and brought them closer together. His father is now on hospice care and they are preparing to say goodbye.

Watch the video above for our entire interview with Todd and you can learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s here.

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