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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
Dementia Patient Is Learning to Let Go of Yesterday
From Alzheimer's Daily News:
(Source: Charlotte Observer) - Martha Jane Proctor says her long-time friend Barbara was having a "hissy fit" - waving her arms and yelling - when they left Proctor's doctor's office.
"How could you forget to bring your medications to your appointment? What is wrong with you!"
"I don't forget on purpose," Proctor said quietly.
For Proctor, who is 70 now, that day six years ago was a turning point.
A series of tests showed Proctor has a rare but progressive form of dementia.
The day of the diagnosis, she feared she'd be instantly tied up and locked away. Instead, she spent most of the next two weeks in the hospital, where she started a regimen of medications and therapy and learned techniques to cope with a disintegrating brain.
Today, Proctor lives in a high-ceilinged, light-filled apartment in a building that once housed a textile mill. She still forgets. But her numerous lists - from making coffee to getting dressed - help keep her grounded. Even better, they allow her to drive her own car and live independently with her beloved cat Lucky.
Go to full story: http://www.charlotteobserver.com
This woman sounds like me.