mame wrote :
Perhaps because of what I witnessed, I have a definite plan that would prevent my family from watching me progress through this horrible affliction.
since we are not youngsters anymore , we have some members of family and friends afflicted with alzheimer's .
but i'm not sure what one can do to "prevent my family from watching me progress through this horrible affliction. " - short of deciding to end one's own life .
imo it's very difficult to distinguish between simply "getting on in age" and the onset of alzheimer's - even medical professionals to not find it easy to detect it early .
btw did you know that people in the early stages of "diagnosed" alzheimer's are still allowed to drive a car ?
i recently read a medical study about it and was quite surprised .
aside from having written final instructions not to use "extreme measures" to keep us alive in case of severe illness , we have not considered anything else .
there was a rather famous case in the british royal family , were an older couple - relatives of the queen or prince philip - decided some years ago to end their own lifes before they become too frail to fully enjoy life .
i think it happened sometime in the 1970's - but can't remember the details .
i remember one good friend of ours who become" forgetful" but kept living a pretty happy life . even in the final stages of alzheimer's she was cheerful , happy to see us and recognized us by name . her greatest joy was singing old german songs with us when we visited with her in the home .
she seemed to be the exception , since many other patients simply "seemed" to have no life left in them but still stayed alive .