Some people have spent all their lives reading. For people for whom reading is an essential part of life, the prospect of no longer being able to read is very frightening, and very sad.
We know that not everyone with Alzheimer's disease responds to treatment, and even for those who do, not everyone responds in the same way. In general, most people with reading difficulties find only modest improvement, if any, following treatment. Some people, however, do remarkably well with reading. In such people, recovery of reading is a very welcome and gratifying effect. It also usually goes along with recovery of other functions. At present, we have no way before starting treatment to understand who will read better, and who will not.