The close-knit siblings began to notice little things about their mother, Roberta Randolph.
She started to repeat phrases. She would drive somewhere and forget where she was going. She began wearing the same clothes over and over again.
Many families miss or ignore such warning signs. But because daughter Dolores Durley was a certified nurse assistant who had worked with Alzheimer’s patients, she took her mother in for testing and quickly got a diagnosis.
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“You could tell the difference right away,” Durley said.
Although no cure exists for Alzheimer’s, experts say an early diagnosis is key in getting people the medical help and support needed to maintain their quality of life as long as possible.
Yet often, relatives refrain from having loved ones tested until the symptoms are advanced.
This is especially true in the African-American and Latino communities, studies reveal.