Approaching Darkness: One Man Blogs His Descent Into Alzheimer’s

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Retired physician David Hilfiker, 68, invited me to his Washington, D.C., home to discuss the blog he’s operated for the past 10 months.

David has Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that causes memory deficits and difficulty performing everyday tasks. This cognitive disorder manifests variably across patients, and its symptoms can appear in people as young as 30 or as old as 90.

He was first diagnosed in September 2012, although he’d experienced symptoms of “mild cognitive impairment” five years beforehand. David Googled “natural course of Alzheimer’s” to prepare himself for the next few years of his life.

David is certainly unusual among those who share his diagnosis. Shortly after discovering he had Alzheimer’s and announcing his disease to close friends, family and acquaintances, he launched Watching the Lights Go Outon Blogger.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/08/11/alzheimers-blog/

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