Early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as normal signs of aging. Symptoms distinct to Alzheimer's are forgetfulness of recent events, loss of concentration, language problems, forgetting the names of objects and people, mood and behavior changes, apathy and depression.
A number of years back, my dad, who had developed dementia after a surgery to correct problems from a World War II brain injury, was seized by sudden, horrendous pain. While Dad had to cope with considerable pain from arthritis and some back issues, this was different. I knew his pain was acute and extreme by his body language and…