Happy New Year
This is a tough anti-aging diary to write. I managed to spend Christmas in Maryland with my mother, Evelyn, sister Marilyn and her family, Mark, Sophia and Jessica along with one of my brothers Mark and his family Susan, Tom and Joe. It was great to spend this holiday with everybody. We are family though both blood and deed.
Our entire time together was dominated by the fact that my 87-year-old mother in increasingly in the grip of soul-sapping dementia. She never once used my name, and managed to just string four words together in the four days I spent with her. She did surprise me by telling her caregivers that she wanted to go to mass with me Christmas Day and take communion. When I brought her back to her assisted living facility at the end of the day, she did say “yes” when I asked her if she had enjoyed herself.
As a widow with five kids she became an attorney, after earning her Master’s in Journalism from Boston University and graduating from Radcliffe. It is such a shame to see a formerly dynamic woman, reduced to a husk of what she was. My heart and prayers go out to her.
If your loved ones are dealing with dementia, do what you can when you can with them. Unfortunately, it will only get worse. There are ways to help forestall the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, but there is no cure. As Caleb Finch, PhD pointed out in the award winning anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," "Fifty percent of people 85 and older suffer from dementia that could be an Alzheimer's process."
Let's rededicate ourselves in 2017 to taking charge of how we age. It is later than we think.
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