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Dementia Diagnosis: When Do You Go Public?

July 6, 2020

From the nextavenue website

Post-Its had become an essential tool for Dale Rivard.

As a veteran assistant state’s attorney in Grand Forks, N.D., Rivard found that he was increasingly relying on the sticky notes to track the multiple details associated with his job as a prosecutor. He used them to remind himself of details connected to his cases and the particulars of the clients, witnesses and judges with whom he interacted.

“I was diagnosed with minor cognitive impairment, which is a neurological condition that is progressive,” says Rivard, now 60. “It makes my speech slower and now it’s affecting my balance and the feeling in my arms and legs. To make a long story short, I’m heading into dementia.”

Rivard’s diagnosis set off a chain of conversations that few people could be prepared to have. He shared his health status with his employer, colleagues and professional acquaintances, as well as with his 88-year-old father, four children, six grandchildren and large extended family.

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