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Fighting Alzheimer’s: One woman’s story

SOUTHBURY – Imagine not recognizing yourself in the mirror one day. Geri Taylor, a former nurse, experienced this sensation in 2012 at age 69. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Geri decided to fight by taking an experimental drug at Yale New Haven Hospital. With the help of her husband Jim, she would deal with other problems in her everyday life. Geri also decided her mission would be to help others living with this dreaded disease. Her inspiring story became the subject of a feature article titled Fraying at the Edges, which appeared in the New York Times.

The Taylors will discuss Geri’s journey coping with Alzheimer’s on Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, 444 Main Street North in Southbury.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested by Sept. 25. For information or reservations, call (203) 267-3177 x340.

CAP: Geri Taylor, camera in tow, at the Hoover Dam in 2014. Photography had been a sideline for 30 years, but now she could really devote time to it. MICHAEL KIRBY SMITH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

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