Much that we all should consider in this piece, alongside the language that many people use to describe dementia. The comparison with responses to other serious illness is very valid.
In the spring, I asked for my loyal readers to send me some questions in hopes of finally achieving my adolescent dream of being an advice columnist. I received more questions than I expected. From the bottom of the heart, thank you. You guys really are the best.
Sure, I answered some. Yet many of them I didn’t answer—not because they weren’t great questions. In fact, maybe they were too good. I was left shaking my head, thinking “Wow. That sucks. And I have nothing to offer you.”
Several readers emailed me about something that tends to happen when people “come out” with their dementia to family and friends. It’s an issue I’ve thought about a lot. I’ve wanted to offer advice to the individuals with dementia and their caregivers, but I didn’t know what to say. It finally occurred to me that I was focusing on the wrong group…
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