Earlier diagnosis giving Alzheimer's a new voice
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: June 2, 2008
Filed at 4:26 p.m. ET
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Don Hayen has a handy way of deflecting the instant pity that comes when he reveals his Alzheimer's disease: "But I haven't lost my keys all day," he quickly jokes. Hayen is part of a growing new movement in Alzheimer's: Patients diagnosed early enough to still be articulate and demand better care and better research.
They are giving a voice to a disease whose victims until now have remained largely silent, and powerless.
It's a shift with big ramifications."
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