Journal of Gerontological Nursing

HALF-HEIMER'S DISEASE?

Kate Reeves, RN, MA, CHPN

Abstract

To the Editor

As a 66-year-old I had to laugh when I read about the FAST- ACT staging of Alzheimer's in the November issue (Vol. 26, No. 11). By the definitions given in the article, I and every friend I have my age are all at Stage II! We ail forget names, we all forget where we place items, and we all forget appointments unless we write everything down. My husband forgets his wallet occasionally, I can't pull from memory names of folks who I should know ("right on the tip of my tongue"), and so forth.

All of us take comfort from the fact that if we could find our car keys, we at least would know what they are used for! We have been told that an Alzheimer's patient wouldn't know what to do with the key.

This age-related memory loss is universal to my age group apparently and it drives all of us nuts.

Fortunately, we can all laugh at ourselves and we all recognize that each of us is suffering from the same problem. We call it "Half-heimer's" or, more vulgarly, "CRS" (can't remember s***").

Wait until you get here, you'll see!…

To the Editor

As a 66-year-old I had to laugh when I read about the FAST- ACT staging of Alzheimer's in the November issue (Vol. 26, No. 11). By the definitions given in the article, I and every friend I have my age are all at Stage II! We ail forget names, we all forget where we place items, and we all forget appointments unless we write everything down. My husband forgets his wallet occasionally, I can't pull from memory names of folks who I should know ("right on the tip of my tongue"), and so forth.

All of us take comfort from the fact that if we could find our car keys, we at least would know what they are used for! We have been told that an Alzheimer's patient wouldn't know what to do with the key.

This age-related memory loss is universal to my age group apparently and it drives all of us nuts.

Fortunately, we can all laugh at ourselves and we all recognize that each of us is suffering from the same problem. We call it "Half-heimer's" or, more vulgarly, "CRS" (can't remember s***").

Wait until you get here, you'll see!

10.3928/0098-9134-20010201-06

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