Saturday, May 17, 2014

Well known cartoonist describes experience with eldercare; is hoarding a possible sign of dementia?


New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes the last years of her parents' lives and of her caregiving experience in a book "Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant", published by Bloomsbury, in a Washington Post interview here, May 12, link.
   
Chast mentions the decline in housekeeping and the beginning of a big of hoarding, as an early sign of dementia.  Her parents had been punctilious housekeepers.   My own mother, on the other hand, tried to keep everything clean even when her memory was failing,  And not keeping everything picked up and orderly can result from just having too much one's plate.  The brain can keep up in detail with only six or seven activities at a time.
 
Picture: Mine, from 1979, Big Bend in Texas (from a Sierra Club trip);  favorited on Twitter.  No one writes about seniors and outdoor activities much.   

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