SIKESTON -- To Bob Medlock of Sikeston, Alzheimer's disease is worse than death itself.
For five years, Medlock cared for and watched as his wife of 55 years, Bernice, progressed through the stages of Alzheimer's disease-- the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.
"We started noticing symptoms about nine years before her death," Medlock recalled. "We started noticing some loss of memory and confusion."
She started forgetting things like which restaurant to meet her husband for lunch and then began not knowing her five grown children, Medlock said.
Mrs. Medlock claimed her forgetfulness was the result of having a brain tumor removed, but the doctor assured the family this was not the case.
"There's no question in my mind. I think Alzheimer's is the worst disease there is," Medlock said. "... I hate to even heard the word Alzheimer's."
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