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April 22, 2008

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Gail Rae Hudson

Nope, I don't think you're overreacting. I've think you've hit a very troublesome nail squarely on its bent head. I also think it's not just the medical community that suffers from this perspective; I think it includes anyone who has not had (or has not allowed themselves to come into) contact with those who have some form of dementia. Mona, this applies even to my sisters. They see my mother so rarely that they are always surprised that she is, well, an engaged and engaging person with observations, perspectives, interests and eccentricities JUST LIKE THEM!!!!
I do find, though, that this misperception is limited to those who keep themselves tidily away from those with dementia; and am always amazed at how those who haven't shied away from those they know with dementia are also free of this misperception.

Mona Johnson

Check out Gail's post on The Mom and Me Journals at http://themomandmejournals.blogspot.com/2008/04/very-tardy-review.html - a much more eloquent expression of the same idea!

Mona

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