it robs people of their past, present and future!
How do you imagine your retirement?
I heard a comment about Senile Dementia by Will Self, on Radio 4's Loose Ends recently, that prompted me to make this comment:
If only it were that simple!
In my father's case, having PCA (like Terry Pratchett) also means that his brain doesn't interpret for his eyes what he is seeing either. It seems at the moment there's nothing anyone can do to halt it in its tracks. There are drugs like Aricept, but these need to be taken at a crucial time if they are to be efficacious and they don't always work to stop the disease.
Those who suffer are placed in nursing homes and left to spend hour after interminable hour seated around a room with other sufferers with only a TV in the background for company and stimulation.
"Ah well" people say "He's in his own little world, he doesn't know any better"
My own experience says that throughout the illness sufferers have moments of awareness. They may be confused, but they are still there inside and need all the support and stimulation we can give them. Unfortunately: The Shadow of a Man I used to know
Mum & Dad at Alum Bay>
My dad was once a very modest, private, caring, clever, competent, considerate and self sufficient man.
He is Stuart Knox Hicks, the author of
The Double Think Gospel of the 20th Century Church.
Thanks for listening.