Saturday, August 20, 2005

Wandering shepherd

Today on the news I heard that an elderly Jesuit priest from Campion Center, a retirement center near Boston, wandered off the grounds and was lost from Thursday to Saturday. Luckily he was found today about a half-mile away from the retreat house. Father has dementia and somehow "escaped" unnoticed. I haven't heard more details, but I'm wondering how he survived for two nights in the woods. The Center is surrounded by woods. Luckily he was in good shape when he was found.
This brings up the problems that people have in taking care of the elderly who have Alzheimer's or simple dementia. Many people are so heroic in the love and attention they give to their parents, etc. If any of you have stories about this it would be great to hear about them!

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