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In the spring of 2007, a friend loaned me the book, Life of Pi . To tell you the truth, it took awhile to get into the book, but author Yann Martel’s premise stays with me to this day: What story do you tell about circumstances in your life? And does that story match up with what really happened? And are there any consequences if the story you select story and actual happenings don’t mesh?
Why write about this in a sharepost for this site? I guess that two people flash in my mind – Gloria and Lorraine. I met Gloria, another resident in the nursing home locked unit where Mom waived for awhile. Mom and Gloria hit it off pretty quickly, chatting about different things and often dining together. And I really liked Gloria, a petite woman who was always very sweet to me and who had enough presence that many thought she was a visitor to the locked unit (and would help her get out the locked doors).
So it surprised me when the nursing staff shared with me that Gloria’s ...
As we come to terms with Mom’s failing lungs, my family soon may face decisions about procedures that could prolong her life. Many of these medical procedures, which were not available to generations before, leave me wondering whether I will know when the time will be right for Mom to die. Resources on End-of-Life Decisions As I try to think ahead to prepare for these decisions, I find myself seeking information from a variety of sources, ranging from friends who have experience in caregiving, books on end-of-life and spiritual issues, magazine articles, radio programs, and a wide variety of information available on the Internet. I recently read an essay from New Yorker staff writer Atul Gawande's new book Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance , which was published earlier in April. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School. In his essay “On Fighting,” Dr. Gawande discusses the medical and ethical dilemmas that doctors encounter in relation to ...
Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of
In the past people believed memory loss was a normal part of
aging, often regarding even Alzheimers as natural age-related
decline. Experts now recognize severe memory loss as a symptom of
Whether memory naturally declines to some extent remains an open
question. Many people feel that their memory becomes less sharp as
they grow older, but determining whether there is any scientific
basis for this belief is a research challenge still being
Myth 2: Alzheimers disease is not fatal.
Alzheimers is a fatal disease. It begins with the
destruction of cells in regions of the brain that are important for
memory. However, the eventual loss of cells in other regions of the
brain leads to the failure of other essential systems in the body.
Also, because many people with Alzheimers have other
illnesses common in older age, the actual cause of death may be no
Myth 3: Drinking out of al...
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