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Marion Roach

  • This disease is a maniac. It goes through the life of the victim, ransacking the order of learning — dropping precious things it took years to acquire, forcing horrible new habits on its way.

  • The one who knows best — the victim — about what is happening, loses the ability to tell us, the family, how to help. The ability to panic leaves the victim; it swarms over the family. As the victim forgets what is wrong, the family sees how it is, all very wrong.

  • [On her mother, who had Alzheimer's:] She is losing her mind in handfuls.

  • My mother's illness made a huge lunge at her mind in the fall of 1983, and after that, abilities slid from her without a struggle. Even the slightest inklings would extinguish themselves as quickly as tiny firecrackers directed right into a pond ...

  • ... a voice of a gray suede glove, sliding down a banister.

  • Grief is a mute sense of panic.

Marion Roach, U.S. writer, radio commentator, educator

(1956)

Full name: Marion Roach Smith.