To me this is very uplifting. My mother refuses to believe she suffers from Alzheimer's or dementia. This makes the situation much more difficult to handle. I am sure I am not alone in this.
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Don Hayen has a handy way of deflecting the instant pity that comes when he reveals his Alzheimer's disease: "But I haven't lost my keys all day," he quickly jokes.
Hayen is part of a growing new movement in Alzheimer's: Patients diagnosed early enough to still be articulate and demand better care and better research. They are giving a voice to a disease whose victims until now have remained largely silent, and powerless.
It is a shift with big ramifications.