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My sister who was 32 and the mother of two beautiful girls was diagnosed with dementia at age 32. All of the doctors diagnosed her her with depression at first. I am a nurse and no my sister and would tell them it was not depression. After my tests, the found she had frontal temporal lobe dementia. Doctors don't look for it in young people because it is considered a old persons disease. Nursing homes would not take her because they said they didn't know what to do with her. She passed away at age 36 on 11/25/12, almost a year ago.

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I was still very young when I first decided to pursue a career in medicine. My early experiences helped me grasp the importance of what I might accomplish if I could succeed at practicing medicine with compassion. I can still recall, at the age of nine, with sleepy eyes, taking my post for the night. It was my turn to sleep on the floor at the door to Great Grams’ room and to sound the alarm if she should try to escape.

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My Mom Jean has Alzheimer's Disease 14 years. Mom lived with me for many years misdiagnosed. She was 58. Alzheimer's never crossed my mind or the Drs. This disease knows no boundaries including age. We were all ignorant. In 2005 after an ER visit and 19 horrid days in a psych ward   Mom was diagnosed and was told she had less than 3 years to live. Mom insisted on placement in a Nursing home. Me and my sister were furious but had no choice but to respect her wishes. I guess mom knew she was sicker than we did and she was protecting us. Always a mom <3.

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