Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More about brains and the training of them

Today Binnie sent me a link to a blog about literary journals and the tragedy of their financial struggle. It boiled down to this very good point:

Literary journals may not entertain the masses (not least because they are missing from most places the masses go to buy books) but they train for and reward good writing, so we need them.

Also today, the Alzheimer's Society invited me to invite others to joint a petition in favour of developing a national strategy for dementia. Dementia is something that definitely does not entertain the masses of people who have it or are related to somebody who does.

You can join the petition here if you are Canadian. If you are American, click here. If you're from another country, look up your local Alzheimer's Society. Every voice helps!


Bob Tell said...

I have expressed the following thoughts before on several blogs. However, I believe they are worth repeating. Dementia is a disease that knows no boundaries. It is blind to the categories in which we usually place our fellow human beings. It can occur at the age of 55 or 85. It can happen to Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, males and females, rich and poor. It will not spare ex-presidents or ex-prime ministers. It did not spare my mother. Tears are shed by husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters—in fact anyone responsible for the care of a loved one with dementia. Caregiver burnout is a major issue for those with this awesome responsibility. Don't overlook the role of humor to make things more bearable. Things that made me angry and frustrated when my mother (who had dementia) was alive, in retrospect are filled with funny happenings. This is true too for the many caregivers who read my blog and contact me about my book which emphasizes humor as a healing balm. Caregivers need all the emotional support they can get.

Bob Tell, Author
Dementia Diary, A Caregiver's Journal

Mary Keenan said...

These thoughts are *definitely* worth repeating, Bob! Thanks for sharing them here.