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Scenes from around Douglas, Wyoming...Alzheimers. Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers. The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories. Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards. Early onset Alzheimers tends to...
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  • Clint Eberspecher hugs Krystal Lowry on the street outside of the Doughlas Care Center shortly after admitting his dad to to the facility...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Mike Eberspecher gets into the car on the drive to be admitted to the Douglas Care Center's Alzheimer's unit.  ...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Carolyn Eberspecher cries while sitting on her husbands new bed in the Douglas Care Center shortly before leaving him for his first day in the facility.  Carolyn has been Mike's caretaker for the last five years...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Carolyn Eberspecher leaves the Douglas Care Center after moving some of her husband's items into his empty room at the facility.  Her husband, Mike, will be admitted to the facility on the following day...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Hallway scene.  Douglas Care Center...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Carolyn Eberspecher (second from left) attends church the day before her husband is to be admitted to the Douglas Care Center's Alzheimer's Unit...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Carolyn Eberspecher packs her husbands clothes on the morning of his move into the Douglas Care Center's Alzheimer's Unit.  Carolyn has been Mike's fulltime caretaker since his diagnosis...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher toasts with her childhood friends (affectionately self-named 'The Ya-Yas') in the days leading up to her husbands move to the Douglas Care Center.  Her friends came to town to see her through the difficult transition....Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn, Mike, and their son, Clint Eberspecher, sit on Mike's new bed at the Douglas Care Center.  This is Mike's first day in the facility...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Mike Eberspecher lays down to rest in the apartment he shares with his wife in the days leading up to his admission to the Douglas Care Center's Alzheimer's Unit....Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Mike Eberspecher claps during a musical performance at the Douglas Care Center.  It is his first day alone in the facility...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher laughs with her husband, Mike, and her childhood friends (affectionately self-named 'The Ya-Yas') in the days leading up to her husbands move to the Douglas Care Center.  Her friends came to town to see her through the difficult transition....Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher cries while sitting on her husbands new bed in the Douglas Care Center shortly before leaving him for his first day in the facility.  Carolyn has been Mike's caretaker for the last five years...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Mike lifts his son off the ground to pop his back before he family sees him off for his first day alone at the Douglas Care Center.  ..Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Mike Eberspecher's youngest son, Clint, cries shortly before leaving his father in the Douglas Care Center for his first day alone.  Mike, unable to remember why they are in the facility, is unaware of the emotional significance of this event...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher sits on her husbands new bed in the Douglas Care Center shortly before seeing him off for his first day alone as a resident of the facility...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Mike Eberspecher throws a beach ball with other Alzheimer's patients at the Douglas Care Center.  ..Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher packs her husbands clothes on the morning of his move into the Douglas Care Center's Alzheimer's Unit.  Carolyn has been Mike's fulltime caretaker since his diagnosis...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
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  • Carolyn Eberspecher cuts a GPS tracking unit from Mike's wrist in order to exchange it for a bracelet used by the Douglas Care Center.  The GPS bracelet was place on Mike by the local Sheriff's Department to aid in tracking him should he wander.  Patients with severe Alzheimers are prone to wandering, sometimes for miles, and are often prone to succumbing to the elements...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher walks her husband, Mike, to his room as they enter the Douglas Care Center for Mike's first day as a resident...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Mike Eberspecher reclines in his chair on his first full day in the Douglas Care Center as a resident of the Alzheimer's Unit...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Carolyn Eberspecher walks her husband, Mike, to his room as they enter the Douglas Care Center for Mike's first day as a resident...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Mike Eberspecher throws a beach ball with other Alzheimer's patients at the Douglas Care Center.  ..Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • Snow fencing on the high plains surrounding Mike's hometown of Newcastle, Wyoming...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF
  • A conveyor chute delivers coal to silos used for loading coal onto freight trains.  Mike worked in the mines that fed these trains in the years leading up to his diagnosis.  In fact, a series of errors made while working on the job as a heavy equipment operator were among the first clues to his then-hidden disease...Alzheimers.  Douglas, Wyoming..Mike Eberspecher was diagnosed at 60 with early onset Alzheimers.  The disease, a subset of dimentia, gradually impairs the brain's ability to form new memories, simultaneously undoing connections that make up old memories.  Patients generally experience memory loss from the present, backwards.  Early onset Alzheimers tends to progress quicker in younger patients. ..Carolyn Eberspecher has been caring for her husband, Mike, for the last five years.  Over time, he has gradually lost his ability to care for himself and relies on her for most of his needs.  In April of 2010, Carolyn will place her husband in an Alzheimer's care unit in the town's nursing home.  .Carolyn Eberspecher attends church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Carolyn and Mike attend separate churches.  After Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimers, he returned to attending Mormon church, a tradition which had fallen by the wayside for most of his adult life.
    201004_AARP...TIF


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