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When A Patient Says ‘Everything’s Fine,’ A Doctor Should Be Wary
National Public Radio

Oscar buzz surrounds Julianne Moore for her role as Alice Howland in the film Still Alice. Howland is a linguistics professor who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s, a cruel irony for a character who makes her living with her brain.

Howland’s awareness of her fate makes her decline all the more painful to watch.

Often, though, patients and their doctors can be slow to recognize dementia, which most often progresses gradually.

Patients can be all over the spectrum with regard to age-related decline in memory. At what point does mild cognitive impairment progress to outright dementia?

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