Dementia: ‘Life Begins At 70’


Well I’ve made it: today I enter my 8th decade.  There’s no party or Cruise to celebrate my 70th birthday. Celebrations have already begun with Maureen singing ‘Happy Birthday’ around 5 am. Her card has been on display for over a week, as we couldn’t find Valentine’s Day Cards amongst our keepsakes.  I have always said ‘her that her presence is my present’, and today is no different.

We are going to have special food today: home-made soups.  As the in-house chef, and Birthday Boy, something special will be on the menu today: with a new version of Golden Vegetable Soup for lunch, and Birthday Dhal for the evening meal.  So it’s going to be a ‘Souper Birthday’,

I remember one of my bosses saying to me that it was all down-hill after 40.  Fortunately, I have never followed his jaundiced approach to becoming middle-aged.  My current focus on life has been sharpened by Maureen’s condition.  What I have to grasp is how to enter her ‘Dementia World’.  Once I am comfortable in her world, I’m sure we will continue to enjoy our lives together: despite my advancing years.  One thing I can be sure of is I would never have caught Des Walker, and I will never catch up Maureen.  That young lady of mine isn’t that far off entering her 9th decade!

There could only ever be one song for today:

I hope all readers of this Blog have someone they can sing it to.

About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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6 Responses to Dementia: ‘Life Begins At 70’

  1. Happy Birthday, Paul!! 🙂


  2. Remember Me says:

    Thank you my friend. Hope you are well.


  3. Kitty says:

    Happy birthday! I appreciate your positive outlook on life. I always look forward to reading your posts. Hope you have a souper day.


  4. haloangel1 says:

    Happy birthday! Sorry I’m late:). Blessings.


  5. Remember Me says:

    Thanks for your good wishes.


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