Dementia- a smattering of memories held together by snapping synapses being shattered by the passage of time, quickly forgotten and left wondering. Left wandering in a maze of broken images, sounds, and sights.
The teller at the bank yesterday reassured me that if I’m conscious of my mistakes I’m not there yet. I had forgotten the bank account number and had mixed up two numbers. Upon checking the written record, I realized I can’t trust my mind anymore for that kind of memory. I still have my drivers’ license memorized. when that goes, watch out. But I can’t trust that either, because that memory is one I’ve had for 40 years, and what goes first is short-term memory loss. So we journey onwards through life making light of a reality which may become more dense with drama as dementia unfolds. Let’s support each other and assist those who are forgetting what they were doing, where they are, who they are. Blessings.
I highly recommend watching the movie: Still Alice with Julianne Moore. She portrays brilliantly the drama which unfolds within a couple and family when a professional starts demonstrating signs of dementia at work, at play, on the street, and then at home. The implications for other family members is well played out with Alec Baldwin in a supporting role.
Another brilliant movie which deals with Alzheimers is ‘Iris’ with Dame Judy Dench, Tom Broadbent, and Kate Winslet.
Also the movie dealing with losing a spouse who has Alzheimers is ‘Away from her’ with Canadian actors: Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie.