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Monday, February 27, 2017

Late last night I was watching one of those entertainment news shows on tv on Fox. I can't think of the name of it but it's like Extra on NBC. I had heard the news already but they had an interview with David Cassidy about his dementia. This makes me sad. He's 66 and I'll be 62 tomorrow. When the Partridge Family was on tv I had a huge crush on David Cassidy (like about a million other girls!) Course before that I had a crush on Ringo Starr from the Beatles LOL. But anyway watching him brings it all back to me. Such a vibrant young man back then to me. I loved most of his music but especially the song I Think I Love You. Still like that song. Seeing him only 4 years older than me also brings home to me how that could happen to me. They also interviewed a doctor who said that drinking had not been shown to cause to dementia but depression could. He struggled with both. I've had depression too and it runs in my family and I also have a couple of people who are bipolar. So anyway as I watch the news and interviews it makes me a little sad to know how close in age to me he is. And because of the crush on him way back then. But I have to also know I am not him and whether it will happen or not remains to be seen. When I was working, I worked with a lot of elderly and disabled patients and some had dementia, either from Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, or some unknown reason. So I've always been so aware of that disease. I didn't realize that his father, Jack Cassidy, had died a long time ago in a fire. Sometimes I watch old reruns of Columbo or other shows that I've seen Jack on that were made a long time ago.

Anyway, just thought I'd blog about that one. Today is a new day and I'm not going to let these memories define my life. Seems like they happened so much more recent than they did. Maybe it's because of my birthday that it has gotten to me more. I don't really think that much about my age, because I also worked for 11 years with programs for senior citizens and worked with everyone from the homebound to Senior Olympics and in between. I've seen people "old" in their 50's or 60's and "young" into their 80's, 90's, and even 100.

So there is my walk down memory lane for today. Time to move on. Hope you have a great day!
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    I am just now reading this on July 22nd - I was aware of how Jack Cassidy perished = very sad that he made choices that led him to that form of demise.

    I did not watch "The Partridge Family" = it simply could not hold my attention. So David Cassidy was simply a name that I recognized as being on television; however, did not know much about him or even Jack Cassidy for that matter.

    Now Shawn Cassidy I was more aware of & not because of any interest on my part. emoticon You see it was our eldest, in first grade at the time, who had a crush on Shawn. She & the little girl next door (another six-year-old) were both interested in him (the only way our daughter could have been introduced to his music would have been at the neighbor's home). Much to our daughter's delight, the mother of the little one next door took the two smitten six-year-old little ones to a Shawn Cassidy concert. I still remember their excitement mounting as the day of the concert grew closer & closer. Delightful memories!

    I am saddened for anyone who is faced with dementia & knows that the disease is slowly taking over. My own treasured older brother & our step-dad are in the early stages of dementia. I believe that their realizing what is happening is the hardest part for me. I am sure that to my cherished Mom & sister-in-law the daily dealing with the changes in their life partners is extremely difficult & in what those changes bring into their own lives is doubly challenging.

    I have always thought that dementia was a forerunner to full blown Alzheimer's disease.

    I had never heard of the possible connection between depression & dementia.

    May your day be all that our Abba would have it be!

    1369 days ago
    I am late reading this blog because of much stuff (nothing really major or crisis, just general busyness) in my life that prevented my keeping up with e-mails or with SP beyond the minimum. I hadn't heard about David Cassidy, and it makes me sad, too. I am younger than you but I remember the Partridge Family. Loved that show way back when. My mother has dementia, and from what I understand, that makes my and my siblings' risk of getting it higher. :-( It's a horrible, horrible thing. My sister-in-law has a sister who has early onset Alzheimer's. She has been in a nursing home since her 40s. So very sad. Maybe someday they will understand the disease better and be able to prevent it. In the meantime, what can we do but the best we can?
    1481 days ago
    Thanks Linda for sharing this. I didn't know being depressed increases your chances for dementia. Bummer! I've been depressed most of my teen & adult life, & my mother had dementia too. But like you, I'm not going to worry about it because there's nothing I can do about it. I think my mom just gave up & gave in when my dad died, and she did show signs of it before that. I'm doing my best to stay mentally & physically active & be healthy -- the only things that might help stave it off. So far so good!
    1492 days ago
    George was my favorite Beatle. I didn't know about David Cassidy. How sad for him and his family. You have already overcome so much, and you know how to live a healthy lifestyle. I think you will continue to age well because you will keep a watch over your health, and make changes when needed.
    1501 days ago
    I'm catching up here very late. While my daughter is in Munich, I've been taking on some of her duties at church.

    I know just what you mean when we read about the disabilities of those we admired when they and we were young. I'll be 70 in June and I remember taking my children when David and later his brother Sean performed at the Ohio State Fair. It's very sad news.

    All we can do is take care of ourselves and try to make good choices now.

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    1514 days ago
    It is hard when those we identify with, on any level, develop heart-breaking illnesses. It's a wake up call about how short a time we have on this planet... we don't want to be gloomy gus about it, but at the same time acknowledging where we really are and being able to get the help we need when we need it... even recognizing that we need help is tough!

    As I approach the age at which my mother passed (and my sister has reached it)... paying attention becomes important. Paying attention without freaking out? Harder!

    Hope your day proved to be a good one. You are one survivor, Ma'am!
    1514 days ago
    This is a great reminder not to take what you have for granted but do take the Spark People approach and work it out such as we all do here. Run it, walk it, just keep movin on,movin on.
    You've been at this along time Linda. Just look how far you've come.! emoticon

    Thanks for sharing!!!
    1514 days ago
    After the stroke you survived I'm betting you are going to be doing good well in your 90's! I'm betting on you!

    1514 days ago
    I had no idea! Yes, he was a boy crush of mine as a teen, also. Sad.
    1514 days ago
    It is sad about David Cassidy. I didn't realize that Jack Cassidy died in a fire. Not a good way to go. I never had a crush on Ringo. George was my Beatle.
    1514 days ago
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