Mar 11, 2012

Waiting For Alzheimer's

Maybe I should be thankful to the threat of Alzheimer's. It reminds me to live life as fully as I can. Or, as Gwendolyn Brooks writes, "conduct your blooming in the noise and the whip of the whirlwind."

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Patrick T. Reardon
Patrick T. Reardon is an author and a long time writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. The other day while talking with friends he could not recall the name of a famous actor. A senior moment or the beginnings of dementia?

Patrick is a baby boomer and with great frequency boomers are going to wonder, a senior moment or the start of something more serious?

This will be especially true of boomers who have parents or relatives living with dementia.

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Patrick described his moment of forgetting in this way.

The other day, I was talking with some friends about movies, and somehow the conversation got onto the film “Elf.”

There was a point I wanted to make about the actor who played Will Farrell’s father in the movie, but, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember his name.

I knew he’d played Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” And Brian Piccolo in “Brian’s Song.” And Hugh Grant’s future father-in-law in “Mickey Blue Eyes.” But his name escaped me.

I tried various mental tricks, such as running through the alphabet and trying out various first names, until finally after what seemed like a long time but was probably only — only? — 10 seconds I remembered he’s James Caan.

He finally went on to reflect.

The threat of Alzheimer's is a reminder to me to tell my wife I love her, to enjoy the play of shadows against the brick wall across the yard, to drop everything and drive my son to the airport.

Maybe I should be thankful to the threat of Alzheimer's. It reminds me to live life as fully as I can. Or, as Gwendolyn Brooks writes, "conduct your blooming in the noise and the whip of the whirlwind."

I found this to be a wonderful and uplifting article and perspective.

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