A woman said that she cried for three days & # 39; after her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at only 51 years old.
Three years later, life goes on for Laura Granger and her husband Tim as normal as possible.
The mother of two children from western Sydney began to see changes in her husband of 33 years when he started losing objects and not reacting to things the way he used to.
Tim Granger, pictured with Laura's life, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 51.
She told 9news.com.au that it took her husband a long time to accept the fact that things were different.
"He would put the flour in the cupboard with the cups, leave the front door wide open and open the door of his car," said Mrs. Granger.
She admitted that she was originally too embarrassed to tell her friends and family that Tim had Alzheimer's, but since then she has been inundated with the support of everyone she knows.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and affects up to 70 percent of all people with dementia.
Mr. Granger no longer drives, he strives to dress himself, he has forgotten how to write and spell, and he can no longer cook without help, a hobby he once loved.
But you can still have a conversation and still have a positive view of life.
Despite his diagnosis, Tim Granger (pictured) continues to enjoy the good things in life
He regularly attends Dementia Australia meetings, works with a personal trainer and is passionate about raising awareness about the disease.
"I decided I was going to go ahead and take it as it is, obviously, it's always in your mind but you do not move or complain," Granger said.
One thing that the disease has not taken away from him is a love for traveling.
Married for 33 years, Laura and Tim Granger (pictured) have not allowed Alzheimer's to get in their happy marriage.
The couple just returned from a vacation in Italy, where they marked the Cinque Terre from their wish list.
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, the Grangers avoid thinking about what the future holds for them in the long term.
& # 39; I do not like to think about what is coming or how it will deteriorate. We just live in the present and deal with things as they come, "said Ms. Granger.