To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology
AD risk declining? — Steve Coles
“Defusing Dementia: Why Is the Risk
of Alzheimer’s Disease
January 9, 2014 by
New Scientist Magazine No.
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Grandfather died shortly before I was born. The man my Father’s stories
conjured up was physically and mentally tough: A first world war veteran
who was boisterous with his drinking buddies and, at home, an
old-fashioned head of the household.
But beside those tales sat his life’s sad, unelaborated footnote; that he
ended his days demented and degraded. When I ask directly, my Dad recalls
his father sitting silently for hours, endlessly nursing an empty tea
cup, oblivious to all. But my parents prefer not to go into
L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Cofounder
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