August 26, 2011
Marc Gordon, MD
Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, 59, has announced her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She plans to continue coaching for as long as possible.
Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (sometimes called younger-onset Alzheimer’s), is characterized by symptoms manifesting before age 65. Up to 5 percent of Alzheimer’s patients have the early-onset form—roughly 200,000 in the United States alone, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
It’s impressive that Ms. Summitt decided to go public because a lot of people would have a tendency to feel like they would retire for personal reasons and not be open. But meaningful engagement in life is still possible with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.Full Post - to Detail View