In the last couple of years, I have
watched both my parents deal with dementia: first, my father who died last year
after dealing with Lewy body dementia in the last years of his life, and more recently,
my mother, who is currently living in “memory care” assisted living because of
Parkinson’s-related dementia. While it has been difficult watching my once very
bright parents deal with severe cognitive declines, I recognize that they were both
fortunate in that they did not begin to suffer from dementia until they were
well into their eighties.