Vital Signs: The Changes of Aging

After 50 years together, it's easy to see changes in your spouse. But what do the changes mean?

By H. Lee Kagan|Friday, February 12, 2010
It was near the end of a routine office visit when my patient, Sam, told me he needed to talk to me about his wife. I closed his chart and gave him my full attention. “Ruth’s just not the same,” he said. “She tells me the same thing three times. She forgets when we have plans to go somewhere. I don’t know, but I think she might have that Alzheimer’s disease.” Concern and frustration were evident in his voice. “Can you check her out the next time she’s in here?” I shook his hand and promised I w...

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