Tag Archive: dementia

Aug 27

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home — Part 14

In Brief — The author gives readers a glimpse of the hard-working personnel who care for all of the oldsters in his department. [Written in June 2017.] Hard-Working, With Uncaring Management — The new management of this warehouse apparently believes the personnel are endowed with super powers: They don’t get tired from the long, mind-numbing …

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Jul 09

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home — Part 13

In Brief— A look at one of the departments and the old folks who live in this area of the warehouse. [Written in February 2017.] ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Old Folks “R” Us— Like everybody, we’re all different…except we’re older. We may be getting grayer and more wrinkled in a comfortable warehouse instead of grousing and giving sage …

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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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