The Headmore couple work through an early diagnosis of dementia

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) – Almost David and Donna Gonlag are almost inseparable since they met nearly 40 years ago, saying "I do" only a month after I started work.

"We started going and not long, I think, we went on three dates before I asked me to marry me and we knew it was right," said David. He continued, "I don't know what I would do without her."

They have four children and have had successful careers, in illness, health and health.

But it was five years ago David discovered the disease that belonged to his grandmother, grandmother and aunt, who was also touched. It was in the early 50s that David had problems with his memory. At work, he would forget what happened in a meeting, out of work, forgot where he was going and at home, he was funny and insensitive to his pets and his family.

"There were days he would not do anything at work because it was just confusing and frustrating for him," said Donna.

Doctors diagnosed with David with dementia. There was only 55 years of age. Now five years later, David Amnestic-MCI is believed to be Alzheimer's FTD alternative. It is a mouth, but a life changing diagnosis. It goes into

200,000 under 65

as well as Alzheimer's demand in 2019.

By this time, doctors were expecting David not to be able to speak, but he can still, and he sends out the message through

New York Alzheimer's Society


"I learned, one day at a time," he said. Both of them are looking forward to celebrating 40 years together in this August, "And I hope a lot," said Donna.

Where are we medical?

Every three seconds

a new case of dementia is diagnosed worldwide. T

The World Health Organization estimates 47 million

survive with the memory disorder. In the United States,

The Alzheimer's Society says 5.8 million

Alzheimer's battle, which is a type of dementia, in 2019

baby boomer generation aging

, experts expect that the number of people living with Dementia or Alzheimer's will increase significantly.

"To hit the thing, it's not easy to deal with at all. You go to the other one with the other," said David.

The National Institute for Aging Alzheimer's ranked as the sixth cause of death

in the US, the recent estimate may add to the disease

the third person in older Americans


"If we do nothing, we will be in very deep trouble because the numbers are evolving," said Sarah Harlock with the Institute of Neurology DENT. She is in charge of the

DENT Central Memory Center

and he worked with dementia patients for years.

So where are we healing? In recent years, many drug trials have failed, including one

Last March

with a sparkling drug called aducanumab

for those with early Alzheimer's. Drugs are on the market to slow the progress of the disease, but none to stop completely.

Dr. Kinga Szigeti in charge of the

Center for Alzheimer's Disorders and Memory Disorders at UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

. She says that Alzheimer's is expected to develop about 20 years before the signs are worthwhile.

"We need more medications in the ideal world and everyone is looking for that sacred seal," said Dr Szigeti. But with every failure, something comes from the Alzheimer's community.

That gives hope to patients, like David, "I see within the next 5-7 years, I look forward. At least to delay progress."

"Although the treatment is not yet there, we have many drug users and we have the tools to measure if they work," said Dr Szigeti. Not only are drugs being looked at to cure the disease. Areas such as lifestyle changes are also being investigated. DENT Neurological Institute is looking at many possibilities including holistic approaches.

"Apart from medicines there are things we can do to change the trajectory of this disease," said Harlock.

The key is perceived here, experts, than early detection.

The toll on carers

As David has been diagnosed, Donna is a full-time carer for her husband David. Before her husband was diagnosed, she cared for her Aunt with Alzheimer's.

Although David still has his memory, the Gonlag's things are getting home – like financial matters – together.

"You ask how you will get through this. Well many people say how you will get through marriage? You need to be committed to it and make your mind that this is how it is and this is how he will wait and we are to do it, "said David.

"It puts a toll on carers," said Harlock. There are one million carers, including Donna, here in New York state.

This disease builds on mental and physical tolls for carers acting as a 24-hour task. Plus, treatment, memory care facilities and changes in employment income increase because carers often have to leave their jobs. According to the Alzheimer's Association, the total cost of life for someone l

$ 350,000 dollars tops building a dementia


"Usually because they do a job as well as caring for the person with Alzheimer's diagnosis, they usually do type themselves neglect," Harlock said. It is often the first person to meet a family following an Alzheimer's diagnosis or Dementia.

"I think they have to be aware that there is support and that they are available to them." Throughout West New York, yes

many support groups

, including one at DENT, as well as online classes and personally help with this time.

Donna attends a carers' support group each month and recommends that anyone do this. There is a

list of resources for


"I like to get in touch with the Alzheimer's Society, they help you to keep your peace," she said. The biggest message for carers: you're not alone.

"This diagnosis changes things, but he doesn't need to stop things," Harlock said.

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