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In the eyes of many others, sometimes even the eyes of care-partners, I am seen as less than a complete someone. Just because my memory sometimes fails me, just because my cognitive abilities some seem to slip, just because I don’t always think like you do, nor do I remember as much or how human you do –

Please, please know that in my own eyes, and I hope your eyes, I am still a whole and complete someone. I am still me. I am still Grandpa, and Dad, a friend, and whole and a complete Being. I am in my mind still and have always been a complete person.

I am not becoming any less a person simply because I cannot remember like you, talk you do, or think as you do. I know many of you want me to be who I was yesterday, or last year, or the last time they saw me, but I cannot be.

I have ceased looking back over my shoulder at who I was, and now spend most of my time working on who I am, today!

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Dr. Richard Taylor

About Dr. Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor has been living with the symptoms of dementia for more than eight years. He is the author of Alzheimer's from the Inside Out.

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