Testimony: A 42-year-old woman with Alzheimer's

He needs music, a pen and notebooks to keep his ideas clear. This is the daily life of Florence Niederlander. At 49, she suffers from Alzheimer's disease and gradually loses her autonomy. “Sometimes I do not even remember if I ate in the day”, she says. His blackouts are frequent and the losses of regular objects. To simplify everyday life, Post-it lines the walls. She can not work anymore, lives alone, and devotes most of her time to writing.

It was her son who pushed her to consult a neurologist in 2012. At age 42, the diagnosis is made. “I thought it was only at a certain age that you could have this disease, I did not know how to react”, reports Florence. Like her, 35,000 people under 65 are now diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related illness. Caregivers, who are often accustomed to contacting older patients, review their ways of communicating with patients. “With Florence, we can chat via SMS and she can explain to us more easily what she feels”, says Julien Margherita, a nurse.

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