Your Letters: Early Alzheimer's, And An Omission
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:
It's time now for your letters.
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WERTHEIMER: We want to start with a correction. Last week, we interviewed Kelly McEvers, a foreign correspondent for NPR who has covered the often-violent aftermath of the Arab Spring in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. We talked to her about her new radio documentary. It's called "Diary of a Bad Year," and it features in-the-moment confessions from McEvers, a reporter with a husband and small child - like this:
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken)
KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Yeah, right. So, this is one of those moments when you're, like, speeding down the road in a car with dudes with guns. You have no idea where you're going. And part of you thinks it's a really good idea. I'm also worried that if I make it out, that's, like, every time you make it out OK that's, like, further down the road you go of thinking that you're always going to make it out OK.
WERTHEIMER: "Diary of a Bad Year" was produced by Jay Allison and the public radio website Transom.org, which we failed to mention on the air last week. We got letters from you about reporter Ina Jaffe's story about the early stages of Alzheimer's. Seventy-three-year-old Pansy Greene was candid and honest about the slow but inevitable slide into the disease, like when she got lost on a routine trip in her neighborhood and had to call her son-in-law for help.
PANSY GREENE: So, I called and he said just tell me the cross streets and I'll come and get you. And I stayed there until he came. And it didn't take him very long. So, I wasn't that far from home but I couldn't find my way out.
WERTHEIMER: Tamara Real of Ann Arbor, Michigan told us the story of her husband, Carl, who slipped into dementia several years ago. She wrote: Carl has Lewy body dementia and I'm writing about what some in the medical profession have called the Alzheimerization of dementia. Not all dementia is Alzheimer's. Why is this important? Because some 1.3 million Americans have Lewy body dementia and medications that can work well for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease can have significantly negative consequences. This is a truly frightening situation for anyone trying to care for a loved one with cognitive impairment. We always want to hear your questions or concerns. You can click on the Contact Us link at npr.org. We're also on Facebook and Twitter: @NPRWeekend and @NPRScottSimon.
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