"I'm not so sure if I'd want to know! In truth, most of the time I hope to brush off any changes, like not being able to remember something, not being able to find the right word, the kids say I repeat myself, or the more time it takes for me to make what used to be simple decisions. Sometimes I'm anxious about asking for help, at my age I've heard enough bad news from all those doctors and nurses."
"I learned that for the majority of us older and wiser folks, our minds are working pretty damn good for our age and what we've been through. If something takes a turn for the worse I can still decide to come up with some new or, you know, old ways to cope [laughs], ways I can work it out; my son calls those 'strategies.' I've learned to take a 'management' rather than a 'cure' approach, I make gradual adjustments, turn the radio dial just a little up or down, being honest with myself always, tell me the truth about what's working and not working, I'm betting I can live with the truth."
"I know that if a time ever comes when things become worse, I need to know what's happened, how I can work with my doctors to stabilize things, to make reasonable progress, how I can help myself, how I can accept help from others, or just tell 'em no thanks. This makes all the difference. I might not always say it out loud, I've been around the block, I know from my lifetime of experience, if I avoid my own thinking, I'll end up feeling frustrated, angry, and just numbskull hopeless. I know I've got better options than that."