Medicine: Slow, Steady and Heartbreaking

Alzheimer's disease is a devastating illness of advancing age

"You look inside your mind and see nothing but black."

—A victim

The first signs are small, puzzling and all too easy to dismiss. For Chicago Journalist Charles Leroux, it was his mother's diminishing ability to manage her checkbook and count change. For Frank Holmes, a retired Boston businessman, it was the wild spending sprees by his once prudent wife and her increasing tendency to garble phone messages. For Eleanor Zimmerlein, an Illinois farmer's wife, it was the decline in the quality of her husband's handiwork:...

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