Thursday, August 12, 2010

Do You Really Want to Know?

Since the recent burst of news about new PET scans and spinal-fluid tests to help determine a person's propensity to develop Alzheimer's disease, many have been asking themselves: Do I really want to know?

Caregivers of Alzheimer's patients are uniquely aware of the challenges that come with the disease as it advances. Knowing well ahead of time can help you prepare, if not prevent, the disease. But it also will reshape the way you live and interact during your healthy years. Plus, what if the tests are wrong?

One such woman wrote about her own quandry on The Huffington Post. She relates the journey she's traveled with her mother, whose dementia was initially masked by both alcoholism and denial. Her grandmother also is now believed to have had Alzheimer's, which has her wondering about how high the heredity stakes in her case.

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