Early detection of Alzheimer's can give family time to plan

May 2, 2013

Mary had worked as a nursing executive in South Florida for more than three decades when she noticed her first memory lapses. She would forget when reports were due, when staff was scheduled to meet, what her employees had told her in the hallway. To compensate, she worked longer hours.

Eventually, when her extra efforts didn't work, she went to see Dr. Ranjan Duara, medical director of the Wein Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. After a battery of tests, including an MRI, she received the diagnosis she feared: Alzheimer's disease.