Sunday, April 5, 2009

Good news: When Alzheimer's makes memories fade, that's not always a bad thing


When I saw this headline, I had to go take a look.
"Your grandmother has Alzheimer's, right?" the doctor asked me, scrawling notes into a floppy manila folder.

I hadn't expected to discuss my grandmother's Alzheimer's with him. I was hoping to hear some explanation as to why, apart from her memory, my grandmother's overall health seemed so mysteriously improved. Her lupus, for instance, had all but disappeared from her blood work.

"Yes, but ..." I began.

"Well, there is a theory," he said, "that people with Alzheimer's heal themselves of their diseases. Because they forget they have them."



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