You need to know the truth about the elephant in the room.

I don’t often reblog stuff, but this is something a lot of people need to see and to think about. Few people are as honest as Mary and she deserves to be heard.

M T McGuire Authorholic

This is a dementia related post I’m afraid, but it’s also, kind of, a warning. As I’ve probably said before, but I’ll say it again, the reason I write the posts about my dad are because most of us have no idea what happens when a person gets Alzheimer’s. Usually, we hear that someone has been diagnosed, they tell people, you meet them around the place and they have memory problems but seem more-or-less OK otherwise, and then they disappear. The next thing that happens is that five years later, you learn they have died. I’ve never known what happened between that point when they stop going out into society and the point at which their death is announced.

Now, I am learning, so I am sharing, as I have done all along, because I hope it might help someone.

Dad tipped suddenly and completely into full on swearing, spitting…

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9 thoughts on “You need to know the truth about the elephant in the room.

  1. M T McGuire January 26, 2019 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Thanks for the share me duck.

  2. rivrvlogr January 26, 2019 at 6:33 pm Reply

    I realize that this references your health care system, but it’s impossible to ignore the personal tragedy of this. Thank you for sharing the link.

    • jwebster2 January 26, 2019 at 9:19 pm Reply

      Mary is worth following, her ‘bad mother’ posts are hilarious and actually I love her books as well 🙂

  3. Widdershins January 26, 2019 at 7:17 pm Reply

    A worthy re-blog. 🙂 … I’m 60, my wife is 69. We both hope we’ll just turn up our toes and that’ll be it, but if not we have contingencies in place. No-one should have to go through what this family’s going through, but sadly, so many do.

    • jwebster2 January 26, 2019 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Yes, I find myself thinking I was lucky that both my parents died aged 79 😦
      I think we have to talk about it and not leave it as some dirty little secret nobody talks about. No family should be abandoned to deal with it on their own.
      Imagine if government decided that the NHS wasn’t going to cover the cost of treating people with TB or cancer. So why is Alzheimer’s disease any different?

  4. D. Wallace Peach January 26, 2019 at 10:40 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Jim. I’m heading over to read onward.

  5. patriciaruthsusan January 31, 2019 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Thanks, Jim. My mother had Alzheimer’s and spent the last six years of her life in a good nursing home in the U.S. She was a widow and had enough money to pay for several months in the nursing home before the government kicked in. They paid for whatever was left after her pension was used up. She had a great medical plan from my dad’s pension. I understand things have now changed. That was in the 1990s. She lived to be almost 93. I read Mary’s excellent post and commented. —- Suzanne

    • jwebster2 January 31, 2019 at 1:41 pm Reply

      Mary’s post is genuinely excellent

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