Renate Engelbrecht
Content producer
2 minute read
24 Nov 2021
10:35 am

‘7de Laan’: Does Ivy have Alzheimer’s disease?

Renate Engelbrecht

Ivy has been struggling with forgetfulness lately and the conclusion seems to lean toward Alzheimer’s. But is it?

Ivy. Picture: Supplied

7de Laan’s Ivy has certainly caused some drama lately, with her forgetfulness seeming like its worsening.

After coming home to a flooded kitchen due to a tap that had been left open, Marvin was initially very mad at Ivy, still upset about her wasting their money on a bazaar that didn’t even take place too.

But he was concerned and asked Romeo if he had noticed any differences in Ivy’s behaviour, which caused Romeo to become suspicious.

Marvin reassuring Ivy
Marvin reassuring Ivy. Picture: Supplied

In the series, Ivy started writing down her memories to stop her from forgetting about them. She recounted certain experiences with Marvin – like the shirt he wore on their first date – putting him at ease.

She later paged through an old photo album, reminding her of Ouma Etta who passed away after struggling with Alzheimer’s. That caused some alarm and Marvin just had to ask whether Ivy could possibly be developing the same condition. Ivy did not even let him finish his sentence, though as she didn’t want to face reality.

After getting lost in a daydream about her pregnancy with the twins, Ivy confessed to Marvin that it might be that she has Ouma Etta’s disease.

Marvin suggested that she consults with a specialist, but she could not deal with the thought of her fear becoming reality. Marvin then went behind her back, seeking help from Fikani, but as Ivy refused to enter the room, Fikani’s hands were tied.

7de Laan's Ivy
Ivy. Picture: Supplied

Does Ivy have Alzheimer’s?

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Here are the main,mild Alzheimer’s symptoms to look out for:

  • Memory loss
  • Poor judgment leading to bad decisions
  • Loss of spontaneity and sense of initiative
  • The completing of normal daily tasks takes longer than usual
  • Repeating questions
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills
  • Wandering and getting lost
  • Losing things or misplacing them in odd places
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Increased anxiety or even aggression