Broken Connections, Missing Memories: JACOB FOX

Chicago neurologist JACOB FOX sifts through the intricacies of the brain to separate the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease from spells of ordinary forgetfulness

Q. Many older people, noticing they have trouble remembering things, are petrified that they may be developing Alzheimer's. Are their fears warranted?

A. One of about every 20 patients I see at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center could be described as an Alzheimer's-phobic. My rule of thumb is that the person who thinks he or she has Alzheimer's doesn't. Almost invariably, the Alzheimer's patient is brought in by a family member. Either the patient is not aware of the problem or just can't get it together to make an appointment with a doctor.

Q. But why do so many older people seem...

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