Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Coping With Alzheimer’s

During the YouTube forum with the Democratic presidential candidates in July, the first question about health care came from two middle-age brothers in Iowa, who faced the camera with their elderly mother. Not everybody with Alzheimer’s disease has two loving sons to take care of them, they said, adding that a boom in dementia is expected in the next few decades.

“What are you prepared to do to fight this disease now?” they asked.

The politicians mouthed generalities about health care, larded with poignant anecdotes. None of them answered the question about Alzheimer’s.

Basically, just tango on. And hope somebody will do the same for you when your time comes.

Excerps taken from article by DENISE GRADY in the New York Times

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