Sep 15, 2012

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When Mom has Alzheimer’s, time is the essence -- UT SanDiego
She calls it “mommy-sitting,” which is a very sweet term for the toughest job of Natalie Hamill’s life.

Bitter irony of Alzheimer's for Nobel laureate Marquez as his symptoms mimic masterpiece -- The Guardian
The family of Gabriel García Márquez said this year that the Colombian Nobel laureate had been suffering Alzheimer's disease for some time.

In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Márquez writes about a plague in the Pueblo of Mirrors that affects all those who suck on Úrsula Iguarán's tempting home-made sweets. The curse begins with extreme insomnia, soon to be followed by difficulty in remembering the names and uses of everyday items.

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Diabetes Drug Could Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease, Study Reveals -- Science Daily
A drug designed for diabetes sufferers could have the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, a study by scientists at the University of Ulster has revealed.

Early onset Alzheimer's breaks hearts, finances -- The Republic
She couldn't concentrate long enough to finish projects as a certified interpreter for the deaf. She couldn't remember how to switch user names on her home computer in Stuart, Fla.

For some time, her husband, Tom, stayed quiet. But then Linda went away with family on a trip to Disney.

New test at Byrd Institute can detect hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease -- Tampa Bay Times
Since June, the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute has offered a new test to people whose doctors believe they might be in the early stages of the memory-robbing disease.

But so far, they've had just two paying customers.

Alzheimer's Leaves Caretakers 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place' -- KOLO
In a basement room Thursday morning, Alzheimer's patients and their caretakers gathered to share the stories of their lives.

One by one they rose to tell the same story. The awful discovery that a loved one had dementia. The often lonely struggle to care for someone whose memory and personality were slowly slipping away.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room