PRC Researcher Jason Karlawish in Forbes: Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Aren’t Zombies

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In Forbes,  PRC Researcher Jason Karlawish, MD, challenges the social stigmatizing of Alzheimer’s in an article titled “Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Aren’t Zombies; They’re People And We Need To Treat Them Like People.”  Karlawish said, ” The inspiration came from a class I taught this semester on the public health challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  The students and I discussed the stories of Alice Munro and how they pull the reader in and out of different realities.  The lives of the patient and the caregiver aren’t a juxtaposition of the unreal versus the real.  They both live in the surreal.  The challenge of living with Alzheimer’s disease, whether as patient or caregiver, is to negotiate this “surreality.”