Hilfiker, the blogger with early Alzheimer's, takes that education idea a step further. He tells everyone he knows that he has Alzheimer's as a way to break some of the stigma, "so when I make dumb mistakes, I don't need to be embarrassed," he said Thursday.
He urges other patients to plan their end-of-life care early, while they're still cognitively able to participate. He believes that telling his wife no extraordinary care — no feeding tubes, for example — will ease her burden.
Hilfiker's big unanswered question: "If I'm at peace with my disease, does that make it easier to care for me later?
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