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Today I Learned About the Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Posted Nov 22 2010 11:37pm
After reading your words today I know this -- I admire you....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Today, I learned more about the early signs of Alzheimer's disease than I had in my seven years of reading.

I have always been frustrated by the list of the ten signs of Alzheimer's disease. I am not saying I can do better, but they just seem inadequate to me.

Today I wrote -- What Was the First Sign of Alzheimer's Disease in Your Case? In that post I asked you, the Collective Brain of the Alzheimer's Reading Room, to tell us what you noticed as the early signs of Alzheimer's disease or early signs of dementia.

I'll start by thanking each of you for taking the time to comment.

I can say, it was difficult to read your words. It hurt my heart. I needed to blow my nose a few times. However, the insight you provided was wonderful. I can't say that I ever read anything that compares with what you wrote today.

I would hope and wish that anyone that suspects Alzheimer's disease or dementia would read your words. I am sure that if they did -- they would take action.

The lists of the ten signs of Alzheimer's are designed to inform people and get them to take action. None of those lists contains the emotion, feeling, and insight that you provided today.

You life experience is important and it is informative.

I asked the question because I know I am going to be asked many many times how I discovered that my mother had Alzheimer's disease. In the television and radio interviews, I am only going to get 30-45 seconds to answer that question. A sound bite. I am going to find a way to get people to read your comments.

As you all know, I am an Alzheimer's caregiver. I read your words. I know, to some extent, how you are thinking and how you are feeling.

After reading your words today I know this -- I admire you.

I don't need to know you personally to say those words and believe them.

If you want to read how our readers described their own early experience with Alzheimer's disease go here. Look under the article in the comments section.

Alzheimer's Disease -- Advice and Insight

Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 2,101 articles with more than 272,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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