Three Beds With Three Televisions

Heather Isaacs

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the United States may triple by 2050, from the staggering 5 million people afflicted at present to as many as 16 million. Even now, it is unlikely any of us can avoid being touched by this disease at some point in our lives–either as a patient or caregiver. In 2050, I will be 73 years old. So when I walk into a nursing home on a beautiful, sunny day to visit a hospice patient  and I see the same line of dementia patients that I saw the day or week before sleeping  in their wheelchairs or silently watching the cars drive by outside, sometimes a rush of urgency overcomes me as I remember this could be me one day. And a voice with the clarity and fierceness of RuPaul’s famous refrain shouts at me in…

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