Rita Perdichizzi of Fayetteville, Georgia, is taking a proactive — and positive — approach to her diagnosis of early-onset dementia.
Rita Perdichizzi knows vividly how relentless Alzheimer’s disease is, having helped care for her father the five years he lived with it before dying at age 76. As his disease progressed, he lost his ability to recognize people and even to read, although he had been a teacher.
In 2015, at age 60, Rita began experiencing concerning symptoms herself. “I was struggling to remember certain words and was having to put more thought into cooking,” Rita says. “My husband, Ettore, had also noticed issues with repetitiveness, that I was forgetting recent conversations or having watched a television program, and that I was making more notes than usual.”
Rita decided to undergo a neurological evaluation, which involved a series of tests over the span of two days. “When I went in for the results, it was obvious it was bad news,” Rita recalls. “The neurologist had my husband and daughter sit to each side of me and asked that I sit in the middle. When he told me, I started crying and asked, ‘Are you sure?’ The diagnosis came as a shock.” more at link Rita Perdichizzi