Living with Alzheimer's Disease

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    Welcome to my world. My name is Sue Dublin, and when I was 52 years old I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). For the past few years, I have been struggling with how to deal with this diagnosis. However, the time leading up to a diagnosis was perhaps even more difficult and frustrating because doctors avoided the possibility that someone as young as I was, just entering my 50s, actually had Alzheimer’s. Therefore, upsetting things were happening to me and I didn’t have the slightest...Read More
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    Alan Dienstag’s article (2010) on ways to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients in a support group or nursing home notes that it is one thing to have Alzheimer’s at an older age, when health problems take precedence and Alzheimer-type symptoms are apt to be blamed on physical deterioration—these patients are either never told they have Alzheimer’s or are unable to communicate whether they understand the implications of having the disease; it’s quite something else when...Read More
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    Presently, the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is based on certain symptoms that are considered indicative of the disease. When these symptoms appear in someone under 70, it doesn’t seem likely that the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is the correct diagnosis and much time is spent ruling out everything except Alzheimer’s. If there is anything positive about having early stage AD, it is that the symptoms at first are mild and intermittent. In other words, some days are better than others. A...Read More

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Marjorie Allen

Marjorie N. Allen is an accomplished author of books for both children and adults. Marjorie worked as a unit coordinator at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She was faced with Alzheimer's when her husband was diagnosed in 2008.

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