Watching the Lights Go Out
April 2, 2013 11:13 PM Subscribe
I have Alzheimer's disease.
I’ve probably had it for about two years, but it’s still pretty early in the illness. Most other people don’t notice my illness yet, although my memory is starting to move from a normal “bad memory” that lots of older people have to an abnormal “there’s-something-wrong-with-his-memory.” I don’t feel abnormal, at least not yet. But, in addition to the memory problem, I’m certainly slowing down. As a retired physician who hass seen his share of mentally declining patients, I know what’s most likely in store as the disease gets worse: A long, progressive mental decline (to the point, for instance, where I don’t recognize my family), nursing home care, and early death from complications of the disease. I’m writing because it may be helpful for people to know what one person’s process is like from inside the diseased mind....
Some of David Hilfiker's other writing is linked from the autobiography's sidebar, but I particularly recommend his blog and A Theology Out of My Life with Alzheimer Disease.
[via James Fallows, who provides some further background]
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