Monday September 21, 2009 | Early Onset Alzheimer’s

September 18, 2009 at 11:25 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

One fall morning almost three years ago, at the age of 46, Laura Mercer, a Charlotte Public Relations Executive, woke up and didn’t know who she was. After multiple tests, she and her family learned that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The news has been life-changing for Laura’s entire family and a story that is repeated, increasingly, around the country. Laura joins us, along with a panel of experts, to tell her story.
Laura Mercer – Charlotte woman (former reporter and PR Executive) who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 46.
Teresa Hoover – Senior Director of programs and family services, Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolinas
Lynn Ivey – Founder of The Ivey adult day care

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  2. My father died of Alzheimers Disease. When he was on Antibiotics, he seemed better, his memory and speech. Why not keep them on the medicine for a while?

  3. (Pre-interview question)…I just finished reading the book “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova for our bookclub. Are you familiar with this book? If so, can you relate to Alice, the main character? Is there a local support group like the one formed in the book? Best to you….

  4. Writing from Mooresville:

    Your guest,Laura,consistently says that her trigger was “stress”. Simply, would she have developed Alzheimer’s without the trigger in time?

  5. My husband has been in Memory Care for over four years with Alzheimer’s Disease. Charlotte is so fortunate to have someone at the Alzheimer’s Association as well informed and dedicated as Teresa Hoover. My dealings with the Alzheimer’s Association in my former city were not particularly informative or helpful. Your program this morning was excellent, as usual.

    Doris Detlefs

  6. In 1994, my fiance was under a huge amount of stress from both her work and a cascade of illnesses striking her immediate family. She began to complain of headaches, and I noticed a few months later that she was becoming more forgetful and much less able to focus. To make a 13 year story much shorter: several neurologists – including at Duke Med – and numerous internal medicine doctors misdiagnosed her in 1996 with early onset Alzheimer’s when the real problem was vascular dementia. Treated for Alzheimer’s rather than TIAs, she finally collapsed into total helplessness when a massive stroke hit her in 2001. THEN the diagnosis was finally corrected to Binswanger’s Syndrome. By the time she died in 2007, the medical community was finally recognizing vascular dementia as a more common disease.

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