Tag Archives: dementia

IN A MIND’S EYE

In past years, mental illness has been nearly as taboo to talk about as death, dying and the like.  How about a person with mental illness who is dying simultaneously?  Jane has had a hand full of DSM-IV labels tagged on her … Continue reading

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THE PEACE PROJECT

Some things really “level the playing field”. Dementia is one of those things.  The wandering thoughts of the brilliant become as uninspired as those of the dullest.  A man who advised United States’ presidents and developed national policy lays in his bed at the end … Continue reading

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A WINK AND A TEAR

 This week was the Professor’s final chapter.  He seemed hardly aware of how speedily he was heading towards the end, after so many discussions and his repeated statements of how he was ready and eager to go.  When the time … Continue reading

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ANOTHER LESSON

This might be part two of what I learn from the professor of life.  I ask him today how he is doing. “ I’m dying.”  he replies. “Are you dying today?” I ask. “Well, I don’t think so.” and his … Continue reading

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SEASONS

There is a season….. “Gentlemen should die by the time they are my age”, says my 80 year old patient.  He is indeed a gentleman- one who is slowly wasting away and losing his ability to remember what he had … Continue reading

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