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The Last Day of Her Life–The New York T imes Magazine

As I struggle myself with whether or not I want to go for genetic testing for Alzheimer’s, this story struck a chord with me. It is without a doubt what I’d want to be strong enough to do when and if the time comes. I do think we will be living in a Kevorkian generation. The movie Still Alice haunts me as I think of the last years of my father’s life, and his mother before him. Am I destined for the same thing?

Rest in Peace Sandy Bem. Strong until the end.–Butch17ALZHEIMERS-hp-jumbo-v2

When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?

MAY 14, 2015

Sandy Bem, a Cornell psychology professor one month shy of her 65th birthday, was alone in her bedroom one night in May 2009, watching an HBO documentary called “The Alzheimer’s Project.” For two years, she had been experiencing what she called “cognitive oddities”: forgetting the names of things or confusing words that sounded similar. She once complained about a “blizzard” on her foot, when she meant a blister; she brought home a bag of plums and, standing in her kitchen, pulled one out and said to a friend: “Is this a plum? I can’t quite seem to fully know.”

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~ by Butch on May 17, 2015.

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