Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A Problem of Lifetime: Dementia

Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

I've written before about a paper by Rodger Bybee in which he speculated and presented some ideas on what a biology curriculum for high school should offer for the emerging ecological society way back in1979. 

Bybee summarized the content of such a curriculum in three memorable words, well memorable for me obviously since I have not let go of them. This curriculum would deal with problems of lifetime, lifespace, and lifestyle.  Each remains a dominating issue today.

One of the problems of lifetime is aging and senesence. Among the diseases, a worrying one, is dementia. In STAT, writer Alissa Ambrose and photographer Socia Mathiessen, in words and photographs help us think about the end of a life when one of the partners in a marriage has dementia. It is the story of how one of the partners decided to manage it.

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