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

by Nancy Wurtzel

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Dear Reader,

Dating Dementia is a highly unusual name for a blog, or anything for that matter.  Why did I choose this slightly odd name?

There are millions of blogs, and I needed a name that would stand out and be recognizable.  I kept coming back to Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, which are prevalent in my family.  I’ve long been obsessed with this terribly sad syndrome that is dementia.  From the time I was a small child, it has affected me profoundly.

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

I can’t cure this terrible disease, but I can do my small part.  That’s why I launched Dating Dementia with just a handful of readers in 2010.  It’s evolved into an online platform where visitors can come to learn more, find support, question convention and determine how they can become involved in this cause.

Thank you for reading and for your support.

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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