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  • I'm a writer, photographer, consultant. Age 51. My father was a reporter and editor. Then he became something other than that. He died February 8, 2010 at 87. He was widowed in 2003. His decline started a little earlier. His sister died of Alzheimer's.

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Brilliant! I have to agree totally.


Yes. Until my father-in-law had it and I was caring for him a great deal, I had no idea what else 'comes along' with the AD diagnosis. I too, thought AD was just memory loss. I couldn't understand at first and did not anticipate, the swallowing difficulties or the contractures he started to develop in the later stages...for a while I thought 'he must have something else' in addition to the Alzheimer's.

Too many people think of it as just fuzzy thinking.


Wonderfully said. Amen.


Kim Bledsoe

That was simply fantastic..thank you so much for writing it..and I, too add my AMEN!!

forum friend,

Alan G. Ampolsk

Thanks to everyone who commented. It's interesting - often you have a vague thought but can't work all the way through it until you come up against a strong objection or an attack. So in that sense I'm grateful for the Sarler piece. She got me thinking, at least...


Wonderfully and beautifully said. Thank you.


It's interesting - often you have a vague thought but can't work all the way through it until you come up against a strong objection or an attack.

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This is a relevant and compassionate article, and one of the best I have read. I fear dementia more than cancer.

Eleanor Mulvey

This is the most sensible and well-reasoned article I have read on the subject. My husband is well along his Alzheimer's path now, but when he was diagnosed I made some small effort of my own to advertise his condition. He is quite well known, and I was hoping to raise awareness.I had help from a small number of journalists who did a good job and tried to listen to what I wanted, although they found it too difficult to drop the word "battle". The press is shamefully unable to not use their corny shock tactics, and we must educate them.

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Sweet post David, you make a tremendous point about loving the job you do. It's amazing how much better you work and how much more creative your thinking gets when you're really engaged. Hope to read more great blogs like this!

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Naw, Sparcoil we've got the goods on you and your Sybil personas...and we'll just play along and let you be your silly duo.

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