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  • Finding Their Way

    “Dolores was the first to be diagnosed in her sixties, and she was 71 when she died in 2008,” says Carla, referring to her husband’s sister, as she explains the chronology of Alzheimer’s disease in the Munoz family. “Then Carmen’s husband Ted, who was the oldest, was diagnosed, and he died in 2012 at 79. My husband Freddie (Alfred) was diagnosed around the same time as Ted, and he died in September 2013 at 75. Jeannie’s husband Bobby, who’s now 80, was diagnosed in 2005; he’s still alive, but living in a care facility.  “We also think the youngest brother has Alzheimer’s, but hasn’t been diagnosed yet,” she continues. “And there’s another brother who’s now 75, with no signs of anything yet.” What were the signs that signaled the disease in the Munoz brothers  before they were diagnosed? Carmen and Ted’s storyCarmen first noticed something when she and Ted attended the Bob Hope Classic in 2004, an annual tradition for them.  “The parking attendant at the... click for more

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  • When Alzheimer’s Disease Takes Hold

    Aunt Claire* was 80 and living on California’s central coast when she lost her husband to Alzheimer’s disease in December 2009. Just two and a half years later, her only child, a son, was killed in a car accident. During this period, Aunt... click for more
  • Dementia-Can We Stem the Tide?

    Diagnosis, Treatment and CaregivingIt is estimated that dementia occurs in 2.5 to 5.5 million Americans. According to the World Health Organization, there are nearly 40 million people suffering from the disease with a yearly increase of 7.7 million.... click for more