Kids Meet a Woman with Alzheimer’s | Cut

– You told me your name, but I forgot it. – It’s Crystal. – I know, but I will forget it. (laughs) (upbeat music) – Justin, you go ahead. – Hi, I’m Justin. – Hi, Justin, nice to meet you! My name is Miriam. – Hello. – Do you know how old I am? – Uh, 28? – Oh, 28, oh, I wish! How old do you think I am? – Uh, 80? – Oh. (laughs) From 28 to 80? – Sorry. What do you do at home? – Well, I’m retired, but
I used to be a lawyer. About seven years ago, I began to forget things. – I forget, like, everything. – You forget everything? Oh, my. I’ve got Alzheimer’s, have
you heard of Alzheimer’s? – No. – Alzheimer’s is a disease. – Is it contagious? – No. – Can you die from it? – Yes. – Oh. – Yes, what’s happening in my brain is that my brain cells are dying. Do you know what genetics is? It’s like, it’s your genes, you know, and so, um, I forgot where I was going. Genetics, I forgot what
I was going to say. Oh, what’s that, it’s that thing that goes around eating things? – Oh, you mean Pac-Man? – Pac-Man, yes. Well, there’s a Pac-Man in my brain, going around eating my brain. (laughs) Yeah! And there’s nothing right
now that can stop it. – Maybe you could just
create a ghost in your brain, and then eat Pac-Man and go bye-bye, and then the ghost goes away. – Sure, absolutely, why not? (laughs) Do you ever forget things? – When I put the remote down
and go to get something, when I come back in the room,
I forgot where the remote was. (Miriam laughs) Have to search the entire room. (Miriam laughs) – My dad is kinda like
that, when my mom asks him to do something, he doesn’t do it. Every single time, and he always says, “I forgot, I forgot, I forgot. “I forgot, I forgot, I forgot,
(Miriam laughs) “I forgot, I forgot, I forgot.” – What else do you forget? – How old I am, sometimes I think I’m six. – Uh-huh. I create a system. I’ve got a Google calendar on my laptop, and on my cell phone. My calendar is basically
substituting for my brain because my brain isn’t working. Have you heard, you know
what Alzheimer’s is? – Yeah, you said that earlier. – Ah, yes. (laughs) – It’s okay. It’s okay. – You know, I’m 70 years old, but I’m becoming…
– Wait, you’re old? I’m, yeah, but I’m going
to be becoming a baby because I’m going to forget how to eat, I’m going to forget how to do things. A couple of days ago, I
didn’t know where I was. It took like five minutes for me to figure out where I was in my apartment. What would you do if you got lost? – There’s a trail right by our house. – That trail could go anywhere, Justin. – No!
– And what happens – No, not follow the trail.
– If there was two! If he goes along to the trail, I don’t go onto the trail. – I would just…
– Pass our neighbor’s house. Then a left…
– Okay, okay. – Okay, I’m confused.
(laughing) – Whoa, whoa, whoa, I would just rest. – I am totally confused. Okay, um, what was I saying? You know what’s happening
with me right now? It’s called sundowning. And sundowning is when
somebody who’s got Alzheimer’s has a difficult time
remembering and following, and so that’s what’s
happening to me right now. – Does someone take care of you? – No, no. I live alone. But I’ve got a lot of
friends who check up on me. – Yeah, me, too. I have such, so so so many friends, I can only remember a few of their names. – Oh, I can’t remember names. Sometimes I get sad. But not often. I don’t know. But I try not to get upset
because getting upset just makes it worse, and so… I have hope that there’s
going to be a cure to stop Alzheimer’s. (laughs) – Stop! – Oh. (kisses)
(child mumbling) Come here. (clapping) – Hello, guys. Thank you so much for watching. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button, and go down to the description box, and there’s a link to our store. You should go buy some merchandise. Thanks. Buh-bye. (upbeat music)

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