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Monday, September 17, 2007

Alzheimer's disease a ticking time bomb


Ranjan Goel was a gregarious and fun-loving person, a top executive with an MNC
till recently. Without any warning, life did a turnabout. He started forgetting
things, got agitated easily and little-by-little began withdrawing into a shell.
His family was worried. A couple of visits to psychiatrists and neurologists
confirmed his wife's worst fears — Goel had developed Alzheimer's disease. Now,
four years later, as he sits with a vacant look with his wife and children,
their animated conversation has no effect on him. "It's heart-wrenching to watch
him in this state," says his wife Indu, fighting back tears. "Every day is a
battle for us." <BR>
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