55 Percent Of Doctors Keep A Patient's Alzheimer's Diagnosis Secret

Caucasian doctor standing in hospital
Caucasian doctor standing in hospital

Diana Jameson knew her mother likely had Alzheimer's, but it was two years before she could get a doctor to confirm it.

"When we asked the doctor if something might be wrong, he said, 'I really don't think she's experiencing any issues.' " Appointments lasted 10 or 15 minutes—the same amount of time Jameson's mother could fool people into thinking she could carry on a conversation just fine, until she started the same exchanges all over again. When, about six months later, her mother wasn't eating or drinking, Jameson sought out another doctor, who was similarly dismissive. Jameson brought her mother to the ER, where she stayed overnight, in dire need of fluids.

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