Laughter and Forgetting

Alzheimer's may well be the scourge of the new century. Three memoirs face it with wit and courage

Every age has its own way of dying. The 19th century had consumption, the 20th century had the heart attack, and the 21st century will be the age of Alzheimer's disease. Degenerative and incurable, Alzheimer's today afflicts about 4 million Americans, but in the next few decades, as lives get longer and baby boomers get older, that number will rise steeply. Although our life stories are getting longer, medical miracles have not made the final acts any less painful. Three fearless new memoirs about life with Alzheimer's give us a look at what we're up against.

Though all end the same...

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