A Woman’s Guide to the Brain: Alzheimer’s Disease

By Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H. My grandmother, Frances, lived to be 95 years old.  She remained a sharp-minded woman through most of her life, until the last couple of years before her death.  Whether or not she had Alzheimer’s disease is a mystery.  She did have significant memory loss. As a neurologist I would call her condition “dementia,” referring to the slow deterioration of mental function, but not a specific disease.  At present, it is estimated that 1 out of 3 adults age 85 years or older is affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  Worldwide there are 46.8 million people with...

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