Tag Archive: dementia

Jul 03

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 8

In Brief—The author describes another ripple in the usually calm waters of the Old Folks’ Home. An Old Woman Helpless on the Ground— “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” It sounds like a hackneyed line from an old television commercial. We used to laugh at the line. It became a joke. But this …

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Jan 31

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 5

In Brief—Musings on dementia and what the author sees and thinks on his forays down the corridor. ——————————————————————————————————————– A Death Before Dying— Fritz is an expert on Civil War history having won several awards for his books on the subject. At 67 and still in fine physical shape, he doesn’t give much thought to forgetting …

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Oct 25

Change: Youth to Old Age

In Brief—The author’s view and experiences of vibrant youth and the reality of the passage of time and arrival of old age. ————————————————————————————————————————————- Is This the Wisdom that was Promised?— As I wheel my walker past the aged, bent and white-haired old women sitting quietly in the sun behind their own walkers, I often wonder …

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Sep 15

Musings on Death With Dignity

Suicide: a Strictly Personal Decision? “Flowers for Algernon” tells the story of Charly, a retarded man who becomes a genius following an operation successfully pioneered by Algernon, the laboratory rat. The tragedy is when Charly realizes that his miraculous improvement is slipping away and his intellect is diminishing as Algernon’s did. This story made me …

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