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July 31, 2013   

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Early-stage Alzheimer's disease diagnosis brings couple closer

Ellen and Michael McVay thought something might be wrong with Ellen when she was driving and froze when making a left turn. Ellen, now 64, was soon diagnosed with Alzheimer's, joining the ranks of the more than 5 million Americans with the disease, and Michael became one of the 15.4 million people caring for them. It took a while for her diagnosis to sink in, but the couple says it has brought them closer. Ellen is a new member of the Alzheimer's Association Early-Stage Advisory Group, which helps the Association provide the most appropriate services for people living with early-stage Alzheimer's, raise awareness about early-stage issues and advocate with legislators to increase funding for research and support programs.
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