Delayed Alzheimer’s diagnoses common, troubling

Claire Schooley tried for several years to get doctors to diagnose what was going on with her husband, David, now 57.He would ask her the same questions again and again, never remembering the answers. He would grow confused. Two years ago, on a trip to San Jose with their kids, now ages 6 and 12, he drove 60 miles in the wrong direction from their hotel, insisting the whole time he knew where he was going.

Maybe his memory loss was the result of depression over two job losses, most recently in 2009, doctors told the Sacramento couple. Maybe it was stress. He was growing silent and distant, increasingly lost in his own world.

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