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August 27, 2006

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Gail Rae Hudson

Great post, Mona! Weirdly funny! I hope you aren't offended that I chuckled about canine cognitive dysfunction and was grinning when I reached the end of the post.
Perhaps someone will invent a microwave with a built-in transporter that automatically sizes up whether something has sat in the microwave a minute or two without having been nuked, determine what the item is, and transport it to its proper place.
Then, on its heels, someone else will invent a chip one can imbed in one's brain that functions as a graphic dictionary...after 15 seconds of wordlessness surrounding a mental picture, the chip will spring into immediate action, find words for the graphic, transport them to the languaging part of the brain and trigger the connection between thought and speech.
Maybe our generation's fears about cognitive confusion, from witnessing and being unusually aware of our parents and grandparents experiencing this, are the subconscious directive that has heightened our interest in Artificial Intelligence.

Deb Peterson

Mona--I am SO afraid to take that test! Another complication is that caregivers (such as myself) are usually so stressed that they don't see their own doctors as often as they should. That reminds me...

My mother's doctor mentioned the cardiovascular/AD link when we saw him last week. And I am such an ice cream lover--I've just started getting Edy's "light" ice cream, which is worth the price, and trying to limit my lunchtime visits to the new gelato place on campus. Well, I understand gelato has less milkfat than ice cream.

Karma

You know that dementia paranoia is really common in caretakers of people with AD. We all get it. It is because the disease is so horrific and terrifing, and there's clearly not decent care facilities. I think that my dementia paranoia would lessen if euthenasia was legal for people with late stages of dementia, and I didn't have to fear getting to be like my grandmother.

Paula

Mona - This is SO familiar to me: I have big-time dementia paranoia, as does my partner, whose mother had AD. It's the temporary loss (misplacing?) of words that upsets the writer in me most. Wonderfully written post.

your mom

Well, I scored a 5, but did not count cholesterol as I haven't a clue what it is. And I probably should add a point for lack of exercise. But I don't think I'm sedentary. I will ride my charger around the plantation more.

michaelm

Mona-
I have to admit that I was smiling while reading this post. It was tempered, however, with the knowledge I have of the disease. I have days when I can't wrap my mind around a particular word or name but attribute it to the stresses of my life. I pray to God that's what it is. I've told my wife that if she ever sees me really going down that road to take me to Mt. Washington, strap on some skis, open a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue and send me shusshing down Tuckerman's Ravine.
That I'm an adopted child allows me to leave heredity angle out of the dementia equation. I think...
Great post.

~Michael

malinda

I am a caretaker for my 64 yr old dad. he was formally diagnosed last week. I didn't realize that other people have AD paranoia TOO!. I have been paranoid for a few months. I once said....i don't know who has the dementia...my dad or me! thank you for the good laugh (canine cognitive impairment). I needed it as i am trying to fill out the forms for social security disability.

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