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The Care It Takes Taking care of an elderly person can be a difficult thing to do especially when they have a disease called Alzheimers According to the Encarta Encyclopedia Alzheimers is a disease marked by progressive loss of mental capacity This is the exact problem that the Grandfather Michael McMahon has in the story Grand Opening It is not easy living with someone who has Alzheimers The novel shows many examples of how hard it is to live with someone with the disease and all of the extra care you have to put forth A person who has Alzheimers has a major problem remembering things When the family was moving from Minneapolis to the small town of Plum the Grandfather was very confused During the entire trip they had to keep reminding him where they were going even though they just told him where they were going five minutes ago This is a burden on the family because they have to keep repeating themselves No one likes to repeat themselves over and over again The first night that they were in their new home the Grandfather was so disorientated Even after he was put to bed he would repeatedly downstairs and ask Hank and Catherine where he was The second day in town the grandfather did something that no one could believe He just awoke form his nap when he heard a noise that was very familiar to him It was the sound of a train whistle He ran running to the window and saw the smoke from a train headed toward town A memory was triggered in his head and he went running from the house toward the train While running to the train he started to think back to when he used to work on the train He was tried to remember all of the people he knew that would be working on this line This is a perfect example
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