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The Uncertain Life

09/30/2011 05:56 pm ET | Updated Nov 30, 2011

My mother had just completed her first physical in about seven years. The new physician was young, energetic and articulate. His respectful handling of my 92-year-old mother had already earned my trust. Mom, who has a pacemaker and vascular dementia, is proud and easily insulted.

But when the doctor suggested a new medication for her — one that might slow down Mom’s memory loss — my heart sank.

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