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Ten years ago, my mother was diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive and increasingly
common form of dementia which is now estimated to affect
10% of people over the age of 65 and 50% of people over the
age of 85.1 Over the next few years, she gradually lost herself
– starting with very recent memories (where was I driving to
again?) to forgetting the names of her friends and, finally, her children.
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First printed in Informed Voice Magazine Vol 6#1