AT UM CENTER ON AGING: Neuropsychologist Dr. Rosie Curiel, left, is involved in a study of healthy adults ages 63 and older, like Paul Herman, right, to determine if those at risk of Alzheimer’s could be detected before symptoms begin.
AT UM CENTER ON AGING: Neuropsychologist Dr. Rosie Curiel, left, is involved in a study of healthy adults ages 63 and older, like Paul Herman, right, to determine if those at risk of Alzheimer’s could be detected before symptoms begin. Al Diaz Miami Herald Staff
AT UM CENTER ON AGING: Neuropsychologist Dr. Rosie Curiel, left, is involved in a study of healthy adults ages 63 and older, like Paul Herman, right, to determine if those at risk of Alzheimer’s could be detected before symptoms begin. Al Diaz Miami Herald Staff

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