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_ Letting others know of a need for help managing medicines and daily life.

_ Easing anxiety about the cause of symptoms.

_ Access to education, training and support services.

_ The ability to plan for the future.

Lesher, the woman from Pennsylvania, wishes she had a clearer picture of what lies ahead for her.

“Not being able to get diagnosed is the must frustrating thing in the world,” she said.

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Online:

National Institute on Aging: http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers

Alzheimer's Association: http://www.alz.org

National Alzheimer’s Plan: http://bit.ly/fFWWCT

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Marilynn Marchione can be followed at http://twitter.com/MMarchioneAP