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  • - At some point, I won't be able to remember my name.

  • But right now,

  • as you can see, I'm doing good.

  • - You are doing awesome!

  • - Yes!

  • (playful music)

  • I'm Mariam.

  • - It's nice to meet you, Mariam.

  • My name's Crystal.

  • - Nice to meet you, Crystal.

  • You're beautiful.

  • - Thank you.

  • You're beautiful too.

  • - Well, thank you.

  • (laughing)

  • - What are we here to talk about?

  • - It's called Alzheimer's.

  • Have you heard of Alzheimer's?

  • - No.

  • - Alzheimer's is a disease

  • and it's in the brain.

  • It's in the head.

  • And, oh what's that like...

  • Thing that goes around eating things?

  • - Oh, you mean Pac-Man?

  • - Pac-Man! Yes!

  • Well, there's a Pac-Man going around eating

  • my brain.

  • (laughing)

  • Yeah.

  • - May be you could just create a ghost in your brain

  • and then eat Pac-Man and then go bye-bye

  • and then the ghost goes away.

  • - Sure. Absolutely. Why not?

  • (laughing)

  • With Alzheimer's disease,

  • the brain starts to shrink

  • and so memories go away.

  • And I forget things.

  • - My dad is kinda like that.

  • When my mama asks him to do something,

  • he doesn't do it,

  • every single time,

  • and he always says

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • (laughing)

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • I forgot.

  • And over and over every single time.

  • (laughing)

  • - Well, I can relate

  • (laughing)

  • cause I forget all the time.

  • - What things do you forget?

  • - People's names,

  • like you told me your name but I forgot it.

  • - It's Crystal.

  • - I know, but I will forget it.

  • (laughing)

  • - If you couldn't remember our names,

  • could you remember your name?

  • - Oh, yeah...

  • I think I will remember my name, I think.

  • - Does the technology help you remember things?

  • - Absolutely.

  • I feel blessed that I live with technology

  • because technology helps me a lot.

  • You know?

  • I can contact people who are on the other side

  • of the country.

  • You know?

  • - Yeah.

  • - I've got lots of friends all over.

  • Do you have friends?

  • - Yeah.

  • My bestest friend is Kristin.

  • - Kristin?

  • - She's my little sister.

  • - Oh, really.

  • - Surprise.

  • - Oh that's so great!

  • - Kristin, she always wants food.

  • After lunch.

  • Mom, can I have some more food?

  • After dinner.

  • Mom, can I have more food?

  • After breakfast.

  • Mom, can I have more food?

  • (laughing)

  • And my mom's like

  • Wow Kristin, you really like to eat.

  • (laughing)

  • - One of the side effects of Alzheimer's for me

  • is that I don't get hungry anymore.

  • Have you heard...

  • You know what ALzheimer's is?

  • - Yeah...

  • You said that earlier.

  • - Ah yeah...

  • See, I'm gonna repeat myself because I forget what I said.

  • - It's okay.

  • (laughing)

  • It's okay.

  • (laughing)

  • Does it get worse?

  • - Yes.

  • I can gonna keep declining,

  • so that I'm gonna keep forgetting more and more and more.

  • At some point, I won't be able to remember my name.

  • And I don't know how much longer I'm going to be around.

  • But I am just really very positive.

  • Look on the bright side.

  • - There's always a bright side.

  • - That's right!

  • - Even if you don't see a bright side,

  • there is always one bright side,

  • you're still alive.

  • - Yes!

  • Give me a high five!

  • (high five sound)

  • Yeah girl!

  • (laughing)

  • - It's very nice to meet you, Mariam.

  • - Can I get a hug?

  • Thank you, sweetie pie.

  • Thank you!

  • (clapping sound)

  • Wait a minute, I'm stuck.

  • I'm stuck here.

  • There we are, okay.

- At some point, I won't be able to remember my name.

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