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    There were some entries to an essay writing contest i came across and wanted to share a paragraph of 1 entry or 2. Kind of makes 1 think more of the future, prepare, even help?
    I was seventeen years old, and it was my first shift on the floor of a local nursing home; I was being trained as a Nurse’s Aide. The shift was just about over when my preceptor and I entered the room of Beta (name changed). To our shock, there was stool everywhere! Up the walls! On the floor! On the bed! And out from the mess, peered the innocent eyes of a now-brown Beta. My preceptor sighed and gave me permission to leave, but I didn’t want to. As I gazed at Beta’s distressed features, I saw a dignified human being. It was my privilege to care for Beta that night, and as I wiped up gobs of feces, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. Beta was someone’s daughter, someone’s wife, and someone’s mother. Beta had Alzheimer’s disease. Until a cure for Alzheimer’s is discovered, strategies to care for these citizens must be implemented, specifically proactive care that addresses the functionality and emotional well-being of patients.

    Another had this introduction:

    When I am old, I will have dementia. I will have trouble paying my bills and I won’t be able to drive. I will be lonely. I will be a burden.
    What do you say? this is from aplaceformom

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