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Loss of memory and the pursuit of happiness

September 24, 2011
Dr. James F. Drane , The Times Observer

A retired university professor and longtime friend had a stroke 3 years ago which left him unable to remember more than two or three words. Gradually Pete recovered most of his cognitive and speech capacities but his conversations are often interrupted because he can't recall a word or a name. He eats lunch every day with a group of other retired faculty members, at what jokingly is referred to as the power table. Pete remains involved with digital technologies and uses his always updated cell phone to gather data on topics that are being discussed. As his friends at the table age, they exhibit many of the memory lapses from which he suffers. Not one friend is without some version of his memory problems.



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