Imagine losing the ability to remember... to think... to function. First, you forget simple words, or miss important dates, or misplace familiar items. You have difficulty doing things that you've always done. Then, slowly, the confusion builds. Names and faces are harder to recognize. As a result, you may start to withdraw from the world around you -- narrowing your world to the places you find most safe.
Now imagine explaining these symptoms to a doctor -- then being sent away without a clear explanation, or any diagnosis at all, to help you understand the changes. For too many Americans with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones, this happens every day.