On be­ing for­get­ful

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

IN less than two years, I will be a se­nior citi zen. I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing my se­nior card and en­joy­ing the perks that come with it. This is one of the up­sides to ag­ing. I know there could be more. We can talk about that an­other time.

If you ask me what I am afraid of, at this stage in my life, I would have to say, “to be stricken with Alzheimer’s when I am older, if I am blessed to reach 70 or more.“

My mother is now 87 years old. She has been suf­fer­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease for more than twelve years now. She has been liv­ing with my fam­ily here in Baguio for ten of those twelve years, since my father died. God has blessed us with very car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate care­givers and nurses. I can­not com­plain. To top it all, my hus­band Mike, has treated my mother like his own.

So, where is this seem­ing “fear” com­ing from? Two things. First, from see­ing my mother, suf­fer the hum­bling and de­bil­i­tat­ing symp- toms of the dis­ease. Sec­ond, from the re­al­ity that I am my mother’s daugh­ter, and I am be­com­ing more and more like her, espe­cially on be­ing...for­get­ful.

It is be­com­ing more of­ten that I for­get where I place my keys, my cell­phone, or even my purse. Some­times, I even for­get where I am go­ing, what I am sup­posed to say or what I am look­ing for. I find my­self trac­ing my steps to remember. But then, I for­get what I am sup­posed to remember. Funny, yes. But, fright­en­ing, too.

So even if it is some­times ir­ri­tat­ing to be told over and over and over again to put them (keys and cell­phone esp) in the same place al­ways, I re­ally ought to remember and fol­low Mike. “Write down im­por­tant things,” is an­other ad­vice I know I ought to obey. Tell me please, what vi­ta­mins should I take?

To look at the brighter side, for­get­ting has

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