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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-04 01:50 PM
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12. What I think was going on
I think he had some brain damage long before he was diagnosed with Alzheimers. The thing about this sort of brain damage--and if you've ever had a relative with this sort of thing, you know this--is that a person can seem to act perfectly normally while actually grasping and remembering very little of what's going on. For instance, you can have a nice conversation with your grandfather and he won't remember it ten minutes later.

My father (who had a different kind of brain disease) once sat down in his favorite chair to read a book like he did every evening but held the book upside down. By the time he was actually diagnosed and stopped driving, he was no longer seeing anything to his left, could no longer read, and could no longer recognize faces. But he acted perfectly normally and you would have had to spend some time with him to realize he was brain damaged.

I think Reagan was a genuinely nice and caring man and continued to act like a genuine nice and caring man while not really grasping what was going on around him. Just my take on the matter.
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