The majesty of final words.

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  1. theprofessor Says:

    If you have dementia in your family lines, it is a scary prospect. It is very strong on my mom’s side, and often when I clutch on remembering some name, I wonder, “Is this the start?” My mom died too young for it to have manifested itself, but my grandmother was showing obvious signs in her early 60s and by age 70 was out of it completely. Her father had to be institutionalized–mind basically gone, but too strong physically for the family to handle.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: The prospect, in your 80s or 90s, is the sort of thing that makes one reread this essay:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/

  3. theprofessor Says:

    I have read that article. My usual question is what Rahm-bro (or I) will actually do when and if the decline starts. On the other hand, my dad basically dropped dead with no real warning in his mid-60s….

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