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Taking on Alzheimer’s

Todd Vest of Gloucester was just 52 years old when he was diagnosed with dementia—a fatal illness that normally strikes people decades older. But three years later, in spite of the gravity of the situation, he is living a fulfilling life that includes family, friends, and meaningful work as a volunteer.

This year, he is serving as the honorary chairman of the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna. The public is invited.

A Navy veteran who served as a torpedo man on an aircraft carrier during Operation Iraqi Freedom and who went into civil service after retirement, Todd was always career-oriented, said his wife, Nadine. He was the family’s breadwinner—a take-charge kind of man who handled his career and family life equally well and never missed a day of work. 

Yet at the same time, he was a patient man, said his daughter, Christine Joyce of Gloucester. ...

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