When my grandmother (Gangan) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2003, I was rather naïve. Being a teenager of 16 I didn’t really know much at all about the illness. I assumed, as many back then did, that it was a sign of ‘getting old’. My mum, Laura, had a real battle trying to get […]
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My mum Elizabeth, died on 5 December 2011. She was 77. She had been a nurse in Africa and a midwife and health visitor and when Alzheimer’s disease crept slowly into her brain, she knew what it would mean. She was to me simply the most beautiful person I ever knew. Her kindness, intelligence and […]
Back in 2002, the news broke that Elan had halted its phase II clinical trial for the AN1792 vaccine, designed to combat Alzheimer’s. It was a severe disappointment for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Many hopes had been pinned on the vaccine, and its failure saw those hopes dashed for hundreds of thousands […]
What is posterior cortical atrophy? Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a rare condition most often caused by Alzheimer’s disease but surprisingly, despite often having the same underlying disease, people with PCA have a striking difficulty in seeing what and where things are, while their memory for recent events can still be very good. The visual […]
Five years ago, my mother went missing. My father and I searched for her to no avail until the following day. After a very long night of worry, the police found her 50 miles away wandering around someone’s garden. She was confused and had clearly spent the night under a hedge. It transpires that she had had a ’vascular episode’ which eventually resulted in a diagnosis of combined Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.