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 by Laramie Boyd
Sad Senior Moments
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         I live in a gated, security-patrolled, community that includes 480 duplexes, a restaurant, bar, tennis and pickle ball courts and an 18-hole golf course. There are one-bedroom one-bath units and two-bedroom two-bath plus den units. Some have built on garages and others have carports, and owners have the option of having a garage built on. The Home Owners Association paints the units when needed, repairs holes in the stucco walls and tiled roofs made by errant golf shots, and does the landscaping, all as part of the monthly dues. For the most part the owners are elderly and retired, as there are a lot of advantages for the aged in a gated community like this one. And of course, that means that there are some who are in the beginning or advanced stages of dementia.

          For example, one gentleman I know dropped by my home after a rare rain storm here in the desert, as owners love to walk in the peace and quiet and relative safety of gated communities, and told me he had a leak in the second story of his home and wanted to know if I knew a good carpenter. It seems, though, he lived in a one-story unit. So I kindly talked him into returning to his home, and he found the way. On another occasion, a fellow who lived down the street from me had a habit of walking down the middle of our street, it rarely gets crowded with cars here, and he would sweep the street clean as he went along his way. Another owner, a golfer, liked to play 18 holes with me because he had no idea where his tee shot would end up, and I was always helpful and non-judgmental about helping him locate his ball. There surely are many more cases of this sort of behavior here that I don't even know about. Sadly, as time passes, no doubt others will fall prey to that deadly, devastating malady, robbing good people of their memory, self esteem, and eventually, even their life. God help us old folks and especially our caregivers.

          The good news of course, is that none of these men are contemplating running for the office of President of the United States. Miranda Devine wrote a piece in the "New York Post" recently pointing out and summarizing some very befuddling antics by one such elderly gentleman on his campaign trail to the presidency. That's Joe Biden, who seems like a nice, likeable person. But prudence would dictate that his behavior should be closely scrutinized, as he is beginning to add up some large electoral numbers in the primaries towards the election next November, while at times exhibiting behavior that is, to say the least, not presidential. Ask yourself if the following "senior moments", recorded by Miss Devine, really add up to a viable candidate for a president of the United States, regardless of one's political leanings? Be honest! These situations are not made up. They are common knowledge, just apparently ignored by some who simply want to unseat Donald Trump, at any cost, by a candidate qualified or not, by any means.

          Most men could pick out their wife from photos of every woman on Earth. At one gathering, Joe Biden mistook his wife for his sister. But he  feigned later, "They switched on me,". Again, in a speech in Texas, he forgot the words of the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self evident," he began. "All men and women created by the (pause, hands waving) you know, the thing." I guess he meant God. On another occasion, a protester leaped up on stage towards where Joe was speaking, and his wife, Jill, who was standing by, had to step between the woman and Joe, grabbing the protesters wrists and shoving her aside. Joe stood still, not reacting, as if he didn't realize what had happened. Once at a rally, Joe cursed at a voter who asked him a question. Joe is skipping talk shows and "recalling" that he was arrested in South Africa? Supporters of Joe Biden claiming these "gaffes" are merely " harmless flubs, examples of Joe being Joe", seem to be blindsided from all directions. Peter Funt's article in The Desert Sun in Palm Springs says it all. Joe Biden "like the pipes under the kitchen sink", is not getting better with age.

         The truth is, Miss Devine claims, and it must be at least considered possible, that "Biden seems to have some sort of cognitive impairment," as "He often seems bewildered, can't remember what state he is in, if he's running for the Senate or the presidency or even whether it's Super Tuesday or Super Thursday." And to top it off he promised not to seek a second term "if anything changed in my health making it incapable for me to fully exert all the energy and mental acuity that was needed". Diane observed the obvious: Presidential nominees don't loudly proclaim that they "don't have the juice for two terms", the physical and mental stamina involved. Could Joe or his backers really believe he could stand toe to toe with "Vladimir Putin of Russia, or Xi Jinping of China. Or the leader of north Korea? Or do they care? Can you imagine Joe as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States of America? And what are the chances, or hopes, of his financial and legislative supporters, that he wouldn't be their "manipulative puppet?" That's scary! If Joe is nominated come November, do you think President Trump will be merciless of his shortcomings? Or will he be merciful to Joe due to his obvious handicaps that he is not responsible for? We may find out sooner than later.