As people live longer lives, dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease, is becoming more commonplace. In a front-page article in the November 11 New York Times, elderly residents of the New York area discuss their fears that something as simple as the failure to remember a friend's name could signal the onset of dementia. It's a prospect that many fear more than death. The good news is that more people seem concerned about getting the disorder than will likely ever suffer from it.
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