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By Daniel Kuhn

This variation comprises the most recent details on Alzheimer’s possibility components, remedies, and prevention, in addition to a brand new bankruptcy, “Voices of Experience,” composed of reflections by means of relations. It additionally offers information regarding new medicinal drugs licensed given that 1999 and the federal government’s choice to hide counseling and different health-related providers via Medicare.

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I discovered that she had not paid a few of her bills, but she gave some excuse that led me to believe that it was a mere oversight. When these things were happening, I was not alarmed at first, but my suspicions grew over time. Dorothy recalled the time she first noticed her mother’s memory loss, about eighteen months before her diagnosis: “She would ask questions that I assumed she knew the answers to. She began to repeat herself, especially asking the same question that had been answered just a short time ago.

I think it was the fact that other people were telling me that my wife had changed that made me aware of the fact that she was having these problems. Poor Judgment Making sound decisions depends on memory to an extent, but also requires logic and reasoning. Distortions in the thought process may lead a person with AD to make inappropriate decisions, even though she may believe she has made a correct choice. For example, one man in the early stages of AD impulsively bought an expensive new car, even though he could not afford it.

Qxd 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 17 The Need for an Accurate Diagnosis 17 Finally, in the 1960s scientists discovered a link between this unusual disease affecting a tiny number of middle-aged people and the common condition of “senility” observed among elderly people. Both age groups not only shared similar symptoms during their lifetime, they also exhibited the same pathologic abnormalities or lesions in the brain. It was at this time that AD gradually became a subject of intense scientific inquiry.

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