Story excerpt provided by The Lantern.
Written By Michael Lee
Tom Moore always said his wife has had Alzheimer’s disease longer than anyone he has known.
Though it might sound negative, it’s from a place of love.
“It means LaVonne is still here while other people we knew with Alzheimer’s, they’re gone, and LaVonne is still hanging on, for which we’re very glad,” said Tom Moore, 89, of Delaware, Ohio.
One of the reasons LaVonne Moore, 85, has been so successful in fighting the disease is a “brain pacemaker” developed by researchers from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
After LaVonne Moore received the implant, she underwent several physical, speech and occupational therapies — which is when Tom Moore noticed a change.
“It was that time when we saw the first improvement in LaVonne when she was able to do things she hadn’t been able to or wasn’t wanting to do before,” which included baking brownies, he said.
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Originally published February 12, 2018.