Science, wisdom

Keeping Your Wits About You

I have a fear of losing my mind. Not in the crazy sort of way. It’s the fear of not being able to learn. Not being able to retain the information I feed it. The fear of dementia.  My father suffered from what seemed to be early-onset Alzheimer’s. There was discussion of his condition being precipitated by some heart medication — but nothing was for certain. It started very subtly. I noticed one winter when he picked me up for my holiday break in college. On the way home, we almost got into a car accident. I couldn’t tell if his eyesight was going or his hearing. Knowing something was…

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