Spouse's Dementia Leaves Poet a "Strange Relation"

Early-onset dementia can be just as hard on the spouse as it is on the person with it. When George Hadas was diagnosed with the condition, his wife Rachel turned to poetry. George's disease "presented an enormous cognitive challenge, not only for him but for me," she says. By reading and writing poetry she was able to define her feelings and deal with the loneliness she felt so acutely. By reading the struggles of characters in literature, Rachel feels like her own troubles aren't too big to handle. When times seem dark, there is always enough light to read a good poem.   
NPR, March 10, 2011

Written By: James Kriegsmann

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