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Peace Amid Decline

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Alzheimer’s, decline, family, the Sun,

Searching for peace while living with her Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother, Jan Shoemaker writes for the Sun (excerpt available online) that she developed a creed: “Things fall apart. Move on.” The frank essay focuses on the surprising wisdom her mother doles out, amid her struggles to perform simple tasks. From the perspective of the inevitability of decline, Shoemaker comes to the conclusion: “My mother, in fact, is moving in the right direction; it just feels wrong as hell.”