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World Alzheimer’s Day: what you can do about dementia, from changing your lifestyle to lower your risk of getting it to spotting the warning signs in older people

When I tell people my mother has dementia, they say: “Oh, I am so sorry”. They might add: “It’s a terrible illness.” But they don’t say anything else. They offer no platitudes, no words of encouragement for a recovery. Dementia has no cure; it’s always terminal. And it’s always cruel. The trajectory is downwards, downhill all the way – sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Watching somebody you love suffer dementia is like watching a person disappear before your eyes; they’re gone long before they…

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