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Alzheimer's Disease Research: Progress And Promises

Daniel D. Christensen

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The diagnosis of dementia has always represented both a challenging and hastened end to life. William, born in 1924, grew up on a farm, served in World War II, and became a successful restaurateur. His dementia began at 57 years of age and lasted 9 years. By year 3 he could no longer be managed at home and was placed in a nursing home. By year 5, he no longer knew his children, and at year 6, he could no longer speak. William's family described his eventual passing as a blessing, saying that he had been released from a terrible prison. Although the painful reality of this disorder continues, there has been significant progress in Alzheimer's disease treatment and now, optimism about the future of Alzheimer's disease management.