Mum Diagnoses With Alzheimer’s At 44 Years Old

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A mum-of-five was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at just 44 – after her family worried about her forgetting her daughters’ parents’ evenings.

Shelley Sheppard, from Newark, Notts, was diagnosed with the disease in November 2017 after years of forgetfulness and is now struggling to recall simple words such as ‘apple’ or ‘salmon’.

For years she refused to believe anything was wrong, putting her memory loss down to the stress of caring for her mum and accusing her family of ganging up on her.

But now her husband Paul, 49, has to write the date, and even the year, on a whiteboard every day before he leaves for work so she doesn’t become disorientated.

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