Tag: dementia

The Need for Speed and Other Petulant Tales

 

So much has already been said about President Biden’s dementia (no, I’m not going to use some other politically correct term) that I won’t belabor the fact that we can plainly see his limitations. But there is a larger issue that, coupled with his dementia, puts the country at serious risk.

The man is seriously immature.

Now many of us know people who lack immaturity into adulthood and they often make a mess of their lives. They are impatient, irrational, and petulant; they often lack the ability to weigh consequences or develop a long-term picture; they live in “the now.” They are idealists. They are disrespectful to others and demand that their needs and expectations be met.

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A question for our fellow Americans who hated President Trump (my President!) so much you elected the sad spectacle we saw at the National embarrassment called euphemistically a “press conference.” Happy now? Feel really good about yourself now that you have elected a really pathetic, addled, dementia-stricken corrupt old person (I can say that as […]

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I offer two news items about the Biden campaign in the form of a shot and a chaser. The shot is about orders given the Democrat propaganda praetorian guard. The chaser is about American voters’ perception of Joe Biden’s health. Shot: Candy Manor Gin: Candy Manor is a light, floral spirit with pronounced notes of […]

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Ridiculing Joe Biden

 

Any conservatives worth their salt know about the despicable behavior of Joe Biden over the last 50 years: he has lied, touched women inappropriately, misused the power of his office, railroaded Justice Clarence Thomas in his Congressional hearings, and attacked voters. Under the spotlight of the 2020 campaign, his flaws are even more obvious, particularly his verbal gaffes, confusion and other attributes of potential dementia, as described in Brian Watt’s excellent post.

But in our discussions of Joe Biden, I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable, not about criticisms of Joe Biden from the past, but the efforts to humiliate, ridicule, and shame him for his actions and behaviors during the campaign. Especially notable are shows like “The Next Revolution” on Fox News, which had a segment (preceded by a cartoon of Biden dressed as a clown) with a series of his gaffes. I dislike Joe Biden, but this segment made me very uncomfortable.

In the discussion of Biden on Brian Watt’s post, a number of people also seemed to be gleeful, assuming (I suppose) that Biden was getting what he deserved. Many people were bothered by the apparent effort by Biden’s family and handlers to put Joe through the grueling process of a campaign to be president. People can speculate on their reasons, but most of them are not beneficial to Biden himself, to the Democrat Party (unless they think they can control him if he’s elected) or to the country.

It’s Hard to Get Old

 

We sat around the oaken table following the singing performance. My friend was sitting next to me; Eloise was sitting on my other side; and Joe sat quietly next to her. He seemed especially restrained after enjoying the music. I listened in to his conversation with Eloise:

Joe: I think it’s time for us to head home.

Elderly Scottish Woman Suffering from Dementia Climbs UK Music Charts (Video)

 

OK, well, this made me cry. An 83-year-old Scottish woman who suffers from dementia is climbing the UK music download charts, singing a duet with her caregiver of Frank Sinatra’s 1969 hit, “My Way.”

Margaret Mackie and Jamie Lee Morley first performed the song at her nursing home, during last year’s Christmas karaoke party, and subsequently recorded it at Studio Sound, an Ingleton-based music studio. All proceeds from song downloads go to Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK. (Video below.)

Rest in Peace, Philip Charles Gabriel

 

Three weeks ago, my dad talked to me for the last time. Three days ago, he died.

During those final weeks, any words surprised me. He was diagnosed with dementia eight years ago, four years after that with Alzheimer’s disease, and hasn’t been able to converse for several months. Every visit, he was a bit quieter, a lot thinner; a little less like Dad.

But he could still manage that sweet smile I remembered from my youngest days. Dad was gentle, peaceful, and seemed happy for visits, even when he didn’t know who we were. My brother, sister, and I would sit around dad’s couch or bed; he was content to eavesdrop on our conversations, occasionally revealing sparks of recognition.

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It is being widely reported that Ted Turner has recorded an interview,with Ted Koppel, for “CBS Sunday Morning,” in which he reveals he is battling a relatively slow, milder form of dementia: dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).  Turner build up his Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System in the 1970s and ’80s to be a cable powerhouse […]

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Don’t misunderstand: I am not consumed with death or dying. In fact, I am in love with life and focus on my daily blessings. I’m also not talking about being alone at my deathbed, but rather about the possibility that I might be a widow one day. I am going to be 69 this year. […]

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Is Dementia the Death of the Self?

 

Suicide in the context of terminal illness, or a loss of quality of life, physician-assisted suicide … I have conflicting feelings. I am adamantly opposed to physician-assisted suicide. If people want to kill themselves, they can acquire their own means to do so. Yes, this is a disadvantage to some, but by insisting all have the same opportunity we open the doors wide for abuse.

These thoughts are shaped by my religious beliefs, as well as my experiences with kids and adults with developmental disabilities, and my work with medical patients. I certainly don’t expect anyone who doesn’t share my religious beliefs to agree.

Blended Families At Sundown

 

After my grandmother’s second husband passed away, she grew close with a man in her retirement community. He was considerate, handy, and well-educated. He was also a man of means. He gave her extravagant gifts, including a new room on her home. We asked if she thought he would consider marriage. “Of course,” my grandmother answered. “He proposes to me all the time.” So why wouldn’t she accept? “I’ve buried two husbands. I don’t want to bury a third.” My grandmother’s suitor soon developed dementia, and forgot her long before he was buried.

My cousin Susie, who is Medicare-eligible, had a live-in boyfriend for many years. I write “had” because he recently moved out. He developed early-onset dementia, and Susie decided she was not equipped to care for him. His children have power of attorney and will take responsibility.