My mother was 87 years old and had suffered the last 12 years with the long slow onset of Alzheimer’s disease. My sister provided home care with one-on-one support in her home. Mother received the best of individualized attention as the disorder progressed. Now she was almost mute and any words she uttered surprised us. One day in a group of relatives she seemed to be listening to the conversation. Someone mentioned a poem she used to quote when we were children. Mother immediately launched into … 

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea 

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