Dementia: My Head-in-the-Sand Approach

Those of you who follow me on Facebook have already seen my current article on dementia. But I realize that some of you who subscribe to this blog, Writing for Self-Discovery, are not on Facebook. (You’re smart!)

I’m inviting all of my current blog followers to also follow me on MediumIt is a platform for writers that has much more visibility than my personal blog. I’m nearing the final edit and rewrite of my memoir and one thing publishers want of writers these days is a following. They want to be convinced that there are people out there who like the new author’s writing and are potential buyers for the book they are considering for publication.

In the future the material I post on Writing for Self-Discovery will be different from what I share on the Medium platform. I hope to see you there!

Here is a link to my current article:

https://medium.com/@bronson.sherry/dementia-my-head-in-the-sand-approach-a98b22a6008

Thanks a million for your continued support!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Sep 23, 2018 @ 22:38:30

    It’s a tough subject….for the person aging as well as family members. The former is reluctant to dive in to what ifs and the family isn’t ready to hear or discuss. I’m 75 and find starting small helps. A thought here or there, general observations about others and what you appreciate about their care or hope isn’t in your future, no magic answers here. Guess I’m hoping, as is everyone, that it is not in my future or that I’ll have a sense of it’s creeping arrival so I can address it. Makes end-of-life conversations, health directives and even funeral arrangements seem like easy of
    topics. As of now, happy to be here, appreciating every day.

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  2. Diane Struble
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 13:44:20

    Hi:  I think it was Medium where I saw your article and picture yesterday.  I think your approach is pretty common and it is OK.  I, on the other hand, have been concerned about dementia for decades because it is so wide-spread in my family.  I started asking my doctors about it when in my 50’s and they uniformly refused to discuss it.  I know the reason was because there was, and is, no cure, nothing good to say, so why pound the nail on the head.  It is somewhat better now, but not much.  One of my doctor occasionally gives me the standard questions (what is today, what is today’s date, who is the president, etc.) just to make sure that I have not suddenly become afflicted, but that is about it. I think that you need to address financial issues to the extent possible.  Make a list of assets, papers, locations, a will (which I still have not done) a Health Directive and talk to your daughters about all of those items.  I have not given a Power of Atty to Lisa as she is not in town and you will have the same problem.  It will just have to wait.  Most of my financial assets are already empowered to go to Lisa upon my death (except the house which I should do unless I want to sell it before long).  I have no interest in going to a nursing home or residential care center no matter how lovely.  My own brain would be my prison and it contains enough terrors without any help.  Not sure what to do about that although I am one of the few who have Long Term Care Insurance (and it costs a lot).  Rob will be going into care shortly and it will cost approximately $8000 to $9400 per month.  The one we are looking at now has two year requirement of private pay before Elderly Waiver (mediicade) and most of the facilities do:  some are 18 months and some 3 years.  Anyway it is something which you should probably give some thought to just so you have your financial information in order.   Love

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