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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Just A Guy

 Interesting Article in USA Today by Paul Singer, Friday June 12, 2015.  He starts out by saying, " For Mother's Day this year I gave my mother the gift of in home care." He continues, " This is the fifth time my wife and I have been down this road with parents/elders, and it is always a shocking reminder of how complex our health care system is and how expensive elder care can be. We also discover each time that we are simply not prepared for it. Every day begins with a new mysterious challenge that we have never before considered.

The biggest problem we face in caring for our elders is that frequently they have no diagnosis other than "getting old." And our medical system isn't built to handle that."

Indeed, each day is a challenge: it can bring frustration beyond belief, more than when the kids were lilttle and dumped chocolate ice cream on the white carpeting or wiped stickty Kool-aid enriched purple fingers on your new suit.  It can bring such joy that you without prior notice, gush tears when Mom or Dad suddently recognizes you for a fraction of a second and says, "Oh, honey, I love you,"  and then the moment is gone and you are a stranger again.  

No matter how many times. like Paul Singer, you have been down this road, it is never the same. Each person is an individual with such different needs that you wonder if THIS time, you're going to be prepared. Not very many people are prepared even going down the road multiple times.  It may seem lonely on this journey to another place with someone who is slowly fading before your eyes, but you are not alone.  According to the National Institute on Aging,  More than five million Americans currently have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, possibley the third leading cause of death among the elderly. With these numbers of individuals affected by this insidious disease, you are not alone.  

The following is a link to the rest of Paul's story.

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