Catherine Ehret of Frisco, Texas, tells a moving and all-too-common story of dealing with her mother's early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She notes that while mortality rates for stroke, breast cancer and heart disease all declined from 2000 to 2010, deaths from Alzheimer's-related conditions increased by nearly 70%, and nearly one-third of all older people die with some form of dementia. "People don't know how to react to someone who is slowly, steadily losing their mind. I don't have the luxury of ignoring it," she writes.
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