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I've spent 18 years as an Alzheimer’s caregiver and the last four as an activist. This certainly was not my plan.  My 81-year-old dad began to show symptoms of dementia in 1994, the same year that former President Ronald Reagan published his now famous letter to the American people announcing his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Three years later in 1997, at age 57, my husband Richard was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is a clinical diagnosis and an interesting term, but it is far from mild.

I am Italian and went through a nightmare that is now becoming a nightmare to so many families with young children at home.  And this nightmare will certainly bankrupt them.

My husband came down with Alzheimer's at 48 years old.  He was sick for 7 years (but he showed signs of this for at least 10 years prior ) and died at 54 years old in 2004.  This April, it will be ten years since he's passed.

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  1. You will notice something just isn’t quite right years before a diagnosis.
  2. You will dismiss an inability to maintain finances as simply being bad with numbers.
  3. Your mother will lose sight of a daycare child while in her care, only to later find him down the street at a neighbor boy’s house once the authorities have been notified.

Continued here: http://lonnawhiting.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/after-the-diagnosis/#sthash.rhWMaIPQ.dpuf

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