Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Living with Alzheimer's
The family of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is going public with a very emotional story involving her husband stricken with Alzheimer's disease. John O'Connor is 77 years old. His condition has deteriorated to the point where he needs 24 hour care... and his son is sharing a story that is hitting home for many families dealing with Alzheimer's. John O'Connor has actually found a new romance with a fellow patient --and his family is happy for him. It turns out this is more common that you might imagine.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates more than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's and it commends the O'Connors for helping raise public awareness.

According to the Alzheimer's association, some of the leading signs of the disease include:
- memory loss
- difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation to time and place
- Poor or decreased judgment

For more information on Alzheimer's disease, a great resource is the Alzheimer's Association.

You can find them on the web at www.alz.org,

or their toll free number is 1-800-272-3900.
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