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Marilyn and Paul Fanelli, Alzheimer's Patient and Caregiver

Paul Fanelli of Bristol remembers his wife, Marilyn, now 71, as a woman who read several books a week, was an avid traveler and was very athletic. One day, he saw her on the floor, picking up specks of dirt, one at a time. He poked fun at her about that. But more changes came. Her condition worsened quickly. While she knew something was happening to her, her husband never relayed to her the information the doctors told him, that she had Alzheimer's. He used words like "absent-minded" and "ill." "Now I think back, I don't know if that was smart or not," he said. "It is what it is, and you do the best that you can, and I don't regret a thing I've done."