Last week in the space of 7 days, I was told because it became known I was diagnosed with early-onset ALZ/Dementia that I was to cease volunteer work in my church, and a service organization which I am a member with 27 years of service. My Neuro told me after 35 mos it was time to add Namenda to my list of meds, because I did not do as well on the Memory Tests as I did 6 mos ago. We have long since diagnosis been carrying on a discussion about driving. I first brought the subject up when I was diagnosed, and my Neuro told me I was the first patient that has ever initiated the conversation of driving. My neuro talked to my wife, who also told her she had no compunction about my driving locally. Pick up my tweenage daughter from school, go to church, grocery store etc. My choice is to not drive outside of our county.
I was forced to retire a little more than 3 yrs ago when I was diagnosed and my volunteer work, service club work, and my daily errands, grocery store, stop in for breakfast at a local fast food restaurant, and bank. These are the things that have kept me connected. I've never denied when I've forgot to do something, be somewhere, or couldn't find the right words, and admit to all of my mistakes. I've only had one ticket while driving and that was 30 yrs ago, and my last accident, I was rear ended by someone who had no drivers license or insurance, and not legally in the country, and that was over 20 yrs ago.
I've always recognized things that are outside my wheelhouse. I voluntarily stopped participating in some service programs that I could no longer do credibly. I still know the tenants of our faith, and understand what is required as an usher. No criticism at this point, other than some people know I have Dementia. I am afraid if these last few volunteer activities cease, the rocket will be taking off for the moon and I'll decline very fast. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions. All are welcome.