The face of Alzheimer’s isn’t always old. Sometimes it belongs to someone like Giedre Cohen, who is 37, yet struggles to remember her own name.
Until about a year ago, Giedre was a “young, healthy, beautiful” woman just starting her life, says her husband, Tal Cohen, a real estate developer in Los Angeles. Now, he says, “her mind is slowly wasting away.”
People like Giedre have a rare gene mutation that causes symptoms of Alzheimer’s to appear before they turn 60.
Until recently, people who inherited this gene had no hope of avoiding dementia and an early death. Now there is a glimmer of hope, thanks to a project called DIAN TUthat is allowing them to take part in a study of experimental Alzheimer’s drugs.