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Lag in brain donation hampers understanding of dementia in Blacks

The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research?
She knew dementia would steadily take Levi Reeves’ memories of their 57-year marriage, his remaining lucidity and, eventually, his life. But to let scientists take his brain after he died? That seemed too much to ask.
“I didn’t want to deal with the idea of his death,” said Reeves, 79. “I certainly didn’t want to deal with brain donation.”