What’s With the Name, “Dating Dementia?”

by Nancy Wurtzel

Dear Reader,
Dating Dementia.  It’s a highly unusual name for a blog, or anything for that matter.  Why did I choose this slightly odd name?

Several reasons.

Yes, I’ve long been totally obsessed with the terribly sad syndrome that is dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease is prevalent on both sides of my immediate family, and it has certainly affected me deeply.

My mom and dad battled and died from Alzheimer’s disease.  Going back a generation, both of my grandmothers had memory loss.  At that time, it was called senility.  Most of my aunts and uncles died fairly young, but those who lived past their 80th birthdays all suffered from Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.  Now, my brother-in-law is in the early stages of the disease.

However, if you are a frequent reader you will know that while I often write about Alzheimer’s-related issues, my blog is also about my life, my experiences and my often warped, but sometimes humorous, viewpoint.  I write about relationships, divorce, politics, feminism, caregiving, midlife, baby boomer issues, restarting a career and generally “dating” all that life has to offer.

I readily admit that some people would call me a bit demented, but more in the “Nancy’s a little crazy and we’ve no idea what she’ll say next” rather than the, “Good god, Nancy’s losing her cognitive function and we have to take away the car keys immediately,” type of way.

So take a chance and become one of my followers.  I promise, if you do start reading Dating Dementia you will never be able to forget it — no matter how hard you try.


Nancy Wurtzel


Nancy Wurtzel blogs at Dating Dementia about midlife, empty nest, baby boomer, single, dating, death with dignity, end of life choices and caring for an aging parent with Alzheimer’s disease dementia.
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