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My beloved father, Maurice died in 2004 from what we were told was probably Alzheimer’s. (We were told that without a brain autopsy one can't be 100% sure.) My husband and I moved to South Carlolina in 1995 to be near my elderly parents to help my 5' 2" petite Mom care for my 6'2" tall Dad. My Dad was educated at Princeton and Tufts. He had been a successful executive, served his country in WWII in the Navy, and served his church & community for many, many years in leadership roles.

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My name is Aaralyn Oakley-Wheeler, and lost my husband to the merciless disease of early onset Alzheimers/Picks Disease in December of 2009. Jim was a retired officer of the U.S. Marine Corp. A tall, straping handsome man. He was diagnosed in early March of 2006, upon finding out that he was having difficulty performing his job. He had retired for the Marines in 1995 and worked as an Infrastructure Analyst at DSCC (government facility). To say that my life stopped on a dime that day would be an understatement.

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My father just passed away 3 weeks ago from Alzheimer's disease. I am his daughter...I was his caretaker for a year and half before he passed. His life was an active healthy life till this happened. We never knew what hit us. It was a slow and very long nightmare. It was heartbreaking and exhausting. It was enlightening yet hopeless. He was brave put powerless to stop his brain from dying a slow death. He was helpless and so were those who loved him. He would never again have a normal life....there was no more normal for him or those who cared for him.

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