SENILITY QUOTES

quotations about senility

Senility quote

I would like to believe in the myth that we grow wiser with age. In a sense my disbelief is wisdom. Those of a middle generation, if charitable or sentimental, subscribe to the wisdom myth, while the callous see us as dispensable objects, like broken furniture or dead flowers. For the young we scarcely exist unless we are unavoidable members of the same family, farting, slobbering, perpetually mislaying teeth and bifocals.

PATRICK WHITE, Three Uneasy Pieces

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But supposing senility
takes the brain in its soft retriever's mouth
and carries it to be gutted, supposing all
the recent layers plucked away and memory's microscope doors flung wide
for the oldest to come forth: Would third-grade Ruth be missing
and unmissed, or Mary or Brenda, with random trivial comrades,
or would the whole host stagger out, one missing legs, another clothes,
with synthetic pearls for eyes or carrot noses?
Or would each corridor dead-end on a scaly tinfoil mirror
showing nothing but the scowling smear
of some old unfamiliar woman's face?

SARAH LINDSAY, "Aluminum Chlorohydrate"

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Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.

HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams

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I am ... in the prime of senility.

JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS, The Life and Letters of Joel Chandler Harris

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Senility from the perspective of an individual who has prepared for it consciously ... is an altered state of consciousness, which when accepted as a phenomenal opportunity, becomes a school of learning that leads to Physical Immortality and Life Everlasting.

TONI DELGADO, Dancing with Death Thru Senility Into Eternality

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I've decided if I don't go senile when I'm older, I'll just fake it.

ANONYMOUS

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There are three signs of senility. The first sign is that a man forgets his theorems. The second sign is that he forgets to zip up. The third sign is that he forgets to zip down.

STANISLAW ULAM, attributed, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth

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It used to be called "senility" -- the mental deterioration that older people underwent -- as though all old people suffered from it. But that changed. It changed for the realistic reason that elderly people differed greatly in how disoriented they became as they aged. And it changed for the pragmatic reason that, with the graying of America, older Americans didn't want to believe they were destined to lose their ability to function. And, so, what was called senility, a function simply of growing old, was redefined as a disease--dementia. Then it was further refined as Alzheimer's Disease. At first, Alzheimer's was regarded as a subcategory of dementia. But, more and more, the label came to apply to ALL older people who "lost their wits," as the experience used to be described. And, with the greater diseasification, came the hope--the belief--that senility was on the verge of being cured.

STANTON PEELE, "Will We Cure Alzheimer's?", Psychology Today, October 25, 2011

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I don't believe in "senility"--what is frequently called "senility" is actually a dehumanization and depersonalization that is inflicted on people led to believe all their lives that the old get "senile"--and so they become ready victims when presented with such problems as loss of spouse or job, retirement, lessened ability to work, a stroke or heart attack.

JAMES FOLSOM, attributed, Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

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Trying not to look at the jam on his chin, I asked him if there was a cure for senility.

MARY DOWNING HAHN, Daphne's Book

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Senility is an overworked diagnosis.

WALLACE CLAUS MATSEN, Old Is Not a Dirty Word

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Senility is basically infancy consciousness. It is reliving in a psychophysical way the feelings and memories that are stored or stuck in the body.

LEONARD ORR & KATHY GLASS, Breaking the Death Habit: The Science of Everlasting Life

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Senility is the precursor to death.

TONI DELGADO, Dancing with Death Thru Senility Into Eternality

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When I get old & senile, I want my vocabulary to be music lyrics and movie quotes so I can completely bewilder everyone around me with my awesomeness.

ANONYMOUS

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We'll be friends until we're old and senile, then we'll be new friends.

ANONYMOUS

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Victory over senility is a new idea. I don't know of any literature about it as a specific problem, even in the immortal yogi tradition. Senility is either our greatest entertainment if we have the ability to watch ourselves objectively like our own personal drama is a television sitcom, or senility is our greatest nightmare. This depends on our attitude and lifestyle experience.

LEONARD ORR, attributed, Eternal Breath: A Biography of Leonard Orr Founder of Rebirthing Breathwork

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Senility is a very gradual process. In medical terminology it follows an "insidious" course. That is to say, an exceedingly serious and even life-threatening condition may develop very gradually and almost imperceptibly from seemingly innocuous beginnings.

BARRY REISBERG, Guide to Alzheimer's Disease

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Death is coming--but hopefully not before old age, decrepitude, and senility.

JAROD KINTZ, This Book Title Is Invisible

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The first sign of senility is loss of memory. I forget the other two.

ANONYMOUS

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Although senility is one of the most dreaded problems in life and one of the most disabling illnesses of the elderly American, it remains a much misunderstood, "hush-hush" subject. The young laugh at senility, the middle-aged worry about senility in their parents, and the old fear senility in themselves.

ALBERTA A. FISK, A New Look at Senility: Its Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

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