A wonderful documentary called The Eight Conditions, which was produced by Alisa Siegel of CBC Radio, aired on Michael Enright’s show, The Sunday Edition, on September 30, 2018. The documentary, which you can listen to here, is based on my personal quest for an assisted death when I am no longer capable of making such decisions for myself. You can also find a link to the documentary and other relevant information on Dying With Dignity Canada’s website.
Those who care and those very special, self-selected, dedicated people whom we generally designate as care-partners are very much the focus of my new life.
I have dementia: that’s true and indisputable. I have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Fortunately, it’s only in the early stage. I am still cogent, rational and fluent. That’s going to change, but right now – at this stage of my life(almost eighty years) – I can rejoice past and future with my wife and friends. But that’s not all: there’s a new dimension. I have a strong commitment to help new friends – those with dementia and those who care.