I Do Not Have Dementia (Yet)


#21

Great tips here - won’t work so well for we hoarders. Looking forward to that tiny house - fewer places to look :wink:


#22

I told a doctor that I had some form of aphasia, where I cannot remember where things are. Also, the names of things. I thought it was a sign of dementia, but my doctor seemed to blow it off.

I have always had a large sense of humor, so my not remembering what something is called just seems like a continuation of that. Calling cucumbers “cookie-crumbles.” This tickles my wife’s funny bone. There are Icelandic terrorists and rambunctious voter apathy. Papal clips and paper chips. And where are my keys ?


#23

My thoughts exactly.


#24

This thread is getting rather negative, which is not necessary. I got Juvenile RA when I was about 12 or 13 y.o, and have had health issues ever since. However, I’m pretty sure I don’t have any form of dementia even though I’m now 86 y.o. OK, I’ll knock on wood, but remember, scientists keep finding treatments/cures for mankind’s ills and someday that will include Diabetes and Dementia.


#25

Some view realism as a form of pessimism. I simply prefer realism. I remain ever hopeful, but I believe tempering hope with realism is wise. Otherwise I would be expecting “the cure” in another two years as we were told when my daughter was diagnosed with T1D 3 years ago. I prefer not to have my hopes dashed against a very hard rock.


#26

Rgcainmd, I didn’t mean to start an argument. Because I have children, grand- and great-grandchildren I remain ever hopeful, and since I deal with several health conditions that keep me close to being an invalid, I am realistic. My point was simply that one need not be too fearful with respect to becoming demented with old age. My husband, who is older than I am, defeated cancer and has no other health problems, including dementia. We’re lucky and I’m sure that many other people are lucky as well.


#27

Not to worry, I didn’t take what you said as being argumentative at all. And I truly appreciate what you have to say! :heart: I agree wholeheartedly: “too fearful”, like any “too ‘fill in the blank’” is not a good thing.


#28

This reminds me of a favorite saying.

“As a matter of fact I do know everything…Just not all at once.”


#29

And its corollary, “You can have it all, just not all at the same time.”


#30

I am 59, and diagnosed with dementia. Had T1D since 1980, and my husband is having to do the heavy mental lifting. He is 10 years younger and I feel badly about that.


#31

I understand that you feel badly because your husband has to do more. But having dementia is not your fault. Hang in there! :heart:


#32

Really? Why shouldn’t a women tell her real age?


#33

"No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating… "

Just quoting Oscar…

…"Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years. Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five ever since she arrived at the age of forty, which was many years ago now.”


#34

A famous science fiction author of the Golden Age (I forget who) was once at a convention. During the Q&A session, a fan asked, “How does it feel to be 60?” (Or whatever his age was at the time.) The author replied, “I can’t tell you because I don’t know. In my mind I’m still 25.”


#35

At some time in your life, you need to make the transition from perennial teenager to disreputable old geezer. The key point is to make sure you avoid the in-between stage of responsible adult.


#36

No danger there.


#37

I too was 35 for many years until my daughter remarked that I must have been a 2yo when I had her!
Sometimes it is very difficult to unconditionally love your offspring :grinning:


#38

There are Icelandic terrorists

There probably are. They want interdependence for Iceland.

and rambunctious voter apathy.

This certainly exists. And I know several people who are noisily inert.

Papal clips

On the Vatican website?

and paper chips.

I don’t have a solution for this one yet, but I’m working on it.


#39

http://i3.cpcache.com/product_zoom/1140778055/mind_like_a_steel_trap_drinking_glass.jpg?color=White&height=460&width=460&padToSquare=true

When I start complaining about getting older, I like to remember that it’s WAY better than the alternative …


#40

Maureen, I’d like this comment twice if possible! :smiley: