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A 44 year old started to suffer the symptoms of early onset Alzheimer's. She was having trouble concentrating and was becoming very forgetful. Her doctors told her she was suffering form depression and stress and prescribed an antidepressant. Eventually she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and was able to start treatment which improved her life expectancy. The Alzheimer's Association reports that 10% of those over 65 and 50% of those over 85 suffer from Alzheimer's.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Rocky Mountain News
About: Early onset Alzheimer's often misdiagnosed
Date: 15 June 2004
Source: Rocky Mountain News
Author: Lisa Ryckman
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