“Still Alice” draws attention to Alzheimer’s disease in Lancaster

“Still Alice” draws attention to Alzheimer’s disease in Lancaster

Joanne Smiley fills her calendar with dates she used to remember. Sometimes items on her grocery list, like smoked pork chops, just don’t sound familiar anymore. By now she knows what to do: She asks.

“I’ve changed,” says Smiley, 62, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six months ago.

She is on medications, and both she and husband Ken have been attending support group meetings. What pains her most is the possibility that her sons might also get the disease.

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