PG Special Series: Alan Romatowski, a life hijacked
Alan Romatowski was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007. Now he spends four days each week at Concordia Adult Day Services in Cabot.
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Staff writer Gary Rotstein and photographer Steve Mellon have chronicled each November since 2008 former pilot Alan Romatowski's life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Pilot's life is hijacked by early-onset Alzheimer's disease
2008: Alan Romatowski sits in the tasteful suburban living room of his older neighbors listening to Georgia Molloy talk about her husband Garry's descent into the mindlessness of Alzheimer's disease. Read more ...
Experimental drug offers new hope for patients
2009: The fluid flowing into Alan Romatowski's left arm for an hour could be a magical solution stopping his Alzheimer's disease in its tracks or a drug that fails to live up to its promise or even a placebo without any chance of helping him. Read more ...
Alzheimer's gradual effects take toll
2010: It was Sept. 21, and 59-year-old Alan Romatowski heard the worst news since the moment three years and 16 days earlier when he was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His doctors at UPMC's Alzheimer Disease Research Center told him that based on his annual evaluation, they no longer felt it was safe for him to drive.
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As Alzheimer's advances, couple finds acceptance
2011: When diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 56, airline pilot Alan Romatowski was determined to remain productive, even if people could no longer depend on him to shepherd them across the country in Boeing 737s. Read more ...
Alzheimer's takes bigger toll on former pilot
2012: Alan Romatowski found himself lost this year -- in the home he's lived in for 21 years. Seemingly overnight, the early-onset Alzheimer's patient -- one who is still aware of and able to joke with everyone around him -- had trouble remembering how to get around the Middlesex, Butler County, home he shares with wife Josie.
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First Published November 25, 2012 12:00 am