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Dementia - written by someone who has it

In September 2012, retired physician but still active political activist David Hilfiker was diagnosed with a progressive "mild cognitive impairment," which is presumed to be early-stage Alzheimer's. David isn't famous for anything in particular, but he is an avid blogger who writes, teaches and lectures about poverty, politics and other issues. 

Starting in January 2013, he decided to focus his blog on his experience with Alzheimer's, and posts as many as a dozen or more articles each month about the things he learns - both from empirical and more academic research. The name of that blog is "Watching the Lights Go Out."1 

In his very first entry on the topic, David offers this rather positive take on the current state of his condition:

I've noticed some positive changes in my ways of thinking and acting. I'm more emotionally open. I'm less insistent on maintaining my image as prophetic voice or incisive writer. I don't need to prove myself with new accomplishments. For the first time, Marja [my wife] and I have allowed ourselves to look back on our lives with satisfaction and gratitude. I'm more vulnerable to other people and have been experiencing an extraordinary closeness to some people that I would never have thought possible. While it seems crazy to say it, so far my life has been better... happier... than before this disease. I have no illusion about what's coming, but, up until now, it's been good.2

Read more at http://bit.ly/16GV6ci

Thanks to strategy financial for the link to this Blog "Watching the Lights Go Out"