The confirmation came a few days after holding his ashes in my hands. I was in a lab at UCSD with a research scientist who studied the hundred of brains of deceased subjects who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Before us was a microscope with a slide containing a piece of Dad’s brain.
“Are you sure you want to do this”, researcher said. “Yes,” I answered quickly – not bothering to explain I had spent 10 years of watching Dad’s brain cells evaporate and was way beyond being squeamish. Not to mention I had just let his earthly remains sift through my fingers recently. I needed to see the proof , the confirmation. After he explained the nuances of cellular biology and AD pathology I scanned the slide. After a few minutes I had seen the damage: the plaques, the tangles, the brain neuron cells strangled, smothered, Yes, definitely Alzheimer’s Disease, sorry Dad, you died way too early (75). What caused this insidious long good bye and how does one make the best effors in preventing or at least substantially delaying it it? Thus this web site/blog.