11/18/2013 10:30 am ET

Alzheimer's Anxiety

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Almost every day I worry about whether my parents have Alzheimer’s. My dad is 86 and my mother is about to turn 80. Just because of their age they are at high risk for the disease, and I constantly wonder if their forgetfulness is “normal” or a sign of the worst.

All of us are afraid of Alzheimer’s. We worry about having a parent with it or getting it ourselves. Many believe they would rather die.

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