On October of 2013, Kamara Manthe learned that her husband showed signs and symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.

According to Mrs. Manthe, it was when her husband was just 32 years old that she began to notice the changes in him following the birth of their third child. Her husband Jason, left his career as a teacher in search of other career opportunities. First it was fast-food, then a police officer. Then after leaving both of those positions, he decided to assist a friend run a sports program for kids.

It was during this time that Jason’s memory progressively got worse. Mrs. Manthe referenced a time when her husband was driving to a baseball game and ended up driving the wrong way down a one-way street. She also recalls when he walked their daughter across the street for a playdate and could not find his way back home eventually being returned by the police. Finally, it was when she saw him take four hours to put up Christmas lights which usually took him an hour, that she saw him look so broken.

Her next steps would lead her to considering divorce and finally seeing a neuropsychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This is when Mrs. Manthe found out about the disease that would change the rest of her life.

Lessons learned:
Understanding Alzheimer’s

  • Over 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (younger than 50 years old).
  • Every 67 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alzheimer’s is a slow degenerative brain disease with no cure that worsens over time.
  • One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease is short-term memory loss.


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