Patient story: Lifting the fog of Alzheimer's disease

Norine Reed had worked at a Portland apparel company for two years when she noticed something strange happening. She’d start a routine task and forget what came next, as if she had driven into a mental fogbank. Her primary care doctor chalked up Norine’s memory problems to stress and told her not to worry; we all forget things as we get older.

But Norine’s problem just seemed to grow. Her large, boisterous family (her son-in-law affectionately calls them “the loud family”) noticed that Norine was telling the same stories over and over, as often as three times in a single evening.

She started getting lost, even in her own neighborhood in Troutdale, Ore.

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