My name is Ande Bliss: I am afraid of getting lost in the hazy world of dementia. My grandmother was there and so was my mother. In my previous post entitled: TURNING and another entitled LIKE BEA, I have tried to bring the issue of Dementia to the" front page" of our lives.
If you don't think it is an issue you want to discuss now...it is likely that you will at some time. You can run from it, but you can't hide.
In my opinion... this issue is one of the greatest problems for seniors in this country and the world. It It does not discriminate by gender, race or ethnicity. You can read and eat well...but "it" will still find you. My mother could still play bridge even though she lost the ability to care for herself.
There is more overt concern in the press and in our blogs about breast feeding and mommy wars than this elder plague which is costing all of us billions of dollars in nursing home care and creating havoc in families who have to give up jobs in order to care for aging parents. Other social choices involve choice. Dementia is not about your choice. It chooses you.
Based on the comments I received for the TURNING...it is apparent to me that many of you are also concerned about becoming an ELSA, the subject of TURNING.
It is not a pretty topic. It does not have a pretty face. It is not about forgetting your keys or an appointment.
It is about losing mental and emotional self. It is about not being able to care for yourself. It is about becoming a burden on your family.
If you did not read the TURNING...I wish you would. Not for me, but for the ELSA in all of us.
My parents ended up in Assisted Living. Mom had to go to the "unit" and then to a nursing home. In a matter of 6 1/2 years $600,000.00 dollars was spent on their care. Mother had just started to collect medicaid funds in her last couple of months.
Alzheimers disease and Dementia are growing problems. My husband's father had "it". My mother had "it"....chances are one of us is going to get "it" too.
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For information: www.alz.org/