There are the patients who are fully functional physically, but Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia has taken their minds, minds once so vibrant and creative, inventive and inspiring, now lost to scattered thought, atrophied by brain wasting, from a disease that by far and away out-competes anything else they might have wrong with them. This disease steals their memories of loved ones, of days gone by, of tender moments, and in its place leaves anger and rage, combativeness and sometimes a broken record; making them repeat the same thing over and over and over again. As time passes it narrows the span of the repeated topic from a story they would repeat again and again, to just a phrase that their mind reruns and reruns, and as the gap of thought process closes it is then just a word. Just one word they repeat. In a word, they are the mentally dead.
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