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TreereflectionDear Carol: My husband is 57 and he has been diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease. We are both devastated but are trying to make the best of something that can’t be made pretty. One thing we are facing is how to respond to people’s remarks when we tell them the news. Their reactions range from “I’m so sorry” or “that’s terrible” which we find kind of comforting, to a pep talk about how people can still live great lives for years to come before the symptoms become bad. I know that in general people don’t know what to say so they opt for being positive, but this diagnosis is a real blow and we aren’t ready for positive thinking yet. How do we respond to people who act like it’s no big deal? SB

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