When Mark Howard started becoming absentminded and forgetful, he was 43, principal of Chandler Junior High School and the school’s beloved baseball coach who wore the number 22 on his team jersey.
He would forget simple things such as where he had left his keys. Doctors thought he was experiencing depression or attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder and prescribed him several different drugs to try. But none helped.
Within a year, Howard’s symptoms worsened, and he started telling his wife, Melody Howard, “I think maybe I’m going crazy. I feel like I’m losing my mind.”
Four years later, Mark died from Alzheimer’s disease.
Mark was 47 when he died, far younger than most people who die from Alzheimer’s disease. More people are being diagnosed at a young age than ever.