New Alzheimer's Study Highlights Additional Symptoms

Dr. Floyd Bradley visits his wife Ailine every afternoon at the Pinehurst Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Tyler. "You wake up at night thinking about it. When you wake up in the morning, it's the first thing that's on your mind. She's sick."

Ailine Bradley was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nine years ago. Her husband says in those first years, in addition to memory loss, she showed signs of anxiety. "She wouldn't let me sit near women that had shorts on. She wanted me on the other side of her."

Patricia Jordan lives at Pinehurst along with Ailine. Pat was diagnosed with Alzheimer's just over a year ago. Her husband, Bob says she also has problems with depression. "My wife has a tendency to cry a lot when she sees me, or when I leave, or when the children call on the telephone. This type of thing."

A new study says Patricia and Ailine are not alone. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also say the problems are often overlooked. Nearly fifty percent of Alzheimer's patients have neuropsychological symptoms that often go undiagnosed. But, they can be treated with therapy and medication.

To Bob Jordan, that means the hope of a better quality of life.

"We've been married almost 57 years, which is a long time. And, of course, she's only been here seven weeks. And she's looking forward to going home one of these days."