Refusing to surrender to Alzheimer’s

Pat Summitt is a legend in college basketball, coaching the University of Tennessee women’s team to eight NCAA titles.

Now she’s getting a chance to lead in a different arena.

Summitt, 59, recently disclosed that she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

She still plans to coach the Lady Vols team. As USA Today’s Christine Brennan notes, Summitt’s greatest accomplishment may lie in the days, months and years ahead, in her public fight against the disease.

Georgia Health News asked Dr. Suzanne Smith, director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Georgia Health Sciences Health System, to discuss what Alzheimer’s patients such as Summitt can expect, and other issues related to the disease.

Here is the video of Smith’s discussion of Alzheimer’s, courtesy of Georgia Health Sciences University.