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I remember the first time that I saw a combination of difficulties that I have come to understand are common in Alzheimer's disease . A woman came to clinic with her father, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease by another doctor a few months before. This was at a time when treatment was only just new, and this particular patient had not been treated. Among the problems she described was that he had problems answering the telephone (he was no longer confident to do so); he could no longer use the microwave to heat up the meals she prepared for him, and he could no longer operate the television channel changer. (For many men, this would be a disaster, even if it might seem a relief to their family!)

She had promised her father that he would never have to go to a nursing home, and brought her father to live with her after her mother died. Now, however, she felt that unless she could get someone to come stay with him while she was at work (something that she was not sure she could afford) there would be no other choice. Although her father's memory improved only a little, within a few weeks of treatment, these three problems greatly improved. Now she could phone home and tell him to heat up the noon-hour meal. Usually, when she came home, he was watching TV, and changing the channel every few minutes as he had always done. She remarked on how normal that seemed, and how much more confident she felt to leave him on his own during the day.

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