This weekend, I saw the movie, “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep. It is the story of the latter years of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England. She is in declining health due toseveral strokes and the apparent onset of dementia.
Regardless of your politics, this movie gives some keen insights into the life and experience of someone moving into the debilitating valley of suffering, deteriorating memory and cognitive ability, and the losses that come with them.
As I watched the movie, I found myself visiting places in my own memory, my own aging process, and my ministry with persons either experiencing debilitating diseases of the mind such as dementia and Alzheimer’s; as well as caring for those who care for them and often have to make the excruciatingly painful decision to place their loved one in a care facility.
If there is one word that characterizes the downward spiral of these diseases, it is Read more…