Thank you for your article “Age Is Just a Number” from the February/March 2013 issue (http://bit.ly/ZaVNeV). Who would have ever thought that a 45-year-old nonsmoker would have a stroke? That is exactly what happened to my husband in March 2009. After waking up and heading to the bathroom he threw up. It was flu season, so I told him to go back to bed. Twenty minutes later, I realized something was wrong when he couldn't turn on the shower because he was confused. We got dressed and went to the emergency department. I know now that I should have called 911.
After extensive speech and physical rehab, he was able to come home. However, he started to slip into depression, so I made an appointment with a neuropsychologist. After a full day of different tests, written and oral, he was diagnosed with dementia.
Thank you very much for the information in your magazine.