The long farewell

Abalinx 6 May 2022

Alzheimer’s. I have written this brief article based on a good friend’s contribution to a malady that will one day affects us all. The only effective means that I know of combating or reducing its effects is to remain active, fit, healthy, eat well, and keep the mind occupied with projects that will keep it alive.

For some “it’s called the long goodbye, a rapidly shrinking brain is how one doctor has described it.  I prefer to call it the long farewell. The long farewell

The persons brain succumbs to this erratic and deadly disease and slowly begins to die within itself. Individuals physically change and slowly but surely forget family, friends, events and lose sight of reality and who they are. In effect becoming less of themselves.

Those who succumb to this forgetful and release from reality can best described as their brain losing its elecisity and loss of neurotransmitters that short circuit one another and finally urning off. Another way of looking at it is that brain tissue disintegrates slowly shrinking in size.

It’s like candles being snuffed out and the mind is merely operating in a mechanical sense in the dark. Once the brain transmitters have diminished, people lose their ability to look after themselves, become bedridden, unable to move & unable to eat or drink or talk to their loved ones.

Those of who are not trained or aware of the effects of dementia may not know what it’s like and yet to be confronted with this can be daunting indeed. How do we cope when we find we have a loved one who is fighting the battle and can we arrest this long farewell?

Life is what it is and we must make the best of it. I know that we will one day say farewell to those who have physically left us, but how does one farewell those who have left us mentally. I do not have the answer.

As always, be of good cheer, fight the good fight and never give up. Just be happy until Alzheimer’s come to visit.


Peter Adamis is a (not for profit) Journalist/Commentator. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum.  He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News.  He holds a Bachelor   of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected]