When working with my clients over the years, my secretary and I noticed that some “older” clients “weren’t all there.” They weren’t senile as they seemed to function well. But they did not think/reason like, say, a 40-year-old does and they were often confused over simple matters.
We dubbed this stage of life as “fuddyduddydom.” Labeling people goes against my grain, but recognizing this stage in life helped us work better with our clients.
Our youngest fuddy-duddy client was age 57. Yet, we also had clients in their 80s who were not yet into fuddyduddydom. Indeed, when my aunt died at age 95, she was just beginning to show signs of fuddyduddydom.
AGE AND THE PRESIDENCY
Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, almost age 77, is well into fuddyduddydom. This places him one step closer to dementia, AKA senility.
Anyone who has been following his presidential campaign has noticed that Uncle Joe is not “all there.” And they have noticed that Bernie Sanders, turning age 78 in 10 days, is running mental circles around him, as is President Trump, age 73.
Biden can be forgiven for thinking he is in Vermont, when he is actually in New Hampshire. Any traveler who moves quickly from state to state, or city to city can find themselves confused as to their own location.*
Who can forget when the Parkland shooting happened? February 14, 2018. It was less than 18 months old when Biden claimed it happened during his vice presidency (January 2009 to January 2017).
LIVING IN FUDDYDUDDYLAND
Uncle Joe’s recent remarks about pinning a medal on a hero are the most troubling. According to individuals involved, Biden’s memory combined at least three different incidents into one story. When he was senator, he visited Kunar Province in Afghanistan in 2008.
In 2011, as vice president, Biden pinned a Bronze Star, not a Silver Star on an Army man, not a Navy man, in Wardak Province, not Kunar, as he claimed. As recently as 2016 he was telling this story much differently.
As they were blaming Trump for Biden’s poor memory, the Washington Post had to admit:
“The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”
BIDEN CAN’T REMEMBER THE 1960s
Joe Biden was 26 years old in 1968. His remarks that the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy assassinations happened in the late 70s is yet another indication his brain is shrinking.
This writer was still a kid in 1968, but these two events are seared into my brain: April 1968 on Memphis hotel balcony and in June 1968 walking through a Los Angeles hotel kitchen after winning the California Democrat primary, respectively. I can even remember when/how I heard the news from LA.
UNCLE JOE MIXES UP MARGARET THATCHER WITH TERESA MAY
Joe claims to be so popular among world leaders, he’s having a hard time keeping them all straight. Before a small group of wealthy donors in Columbia, SC this spring, he claimed that “14 world leaders,” FOURTEEN, have contacted him and “voiced concerns about Trump.**”
And one of these phone calls came from former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher! PM Thatcher has been out of office since 1990 and died in 2013. The prime minister, Teresa May, had been in office for three years at the time Uncle Joe confused her with the Iron Lady. Thatcher and May were elected as the British prime minister thirty+ years apart.
UNCLE JOE SLURS HIS WORDS IN APRIL SPEECH
Obama’s vice president slurred his words throughout his 20-minute speech. He had trouble pronouncing such words as: “hedge fund,” “hospital,” “successful,” “disease.” And he paused here & there, apparently searching for his words.
Uncle Joe is having what doctors call “poverty of words,” when he couldn’t find the word he wanted to say, or had trouble pronouncing his words correctly. This can be a precursor to dementia. It is obvious that our current president, who is four years younger than Biden, does not have this problem.
DEMS CLAIM THEY HAVE NEW IDEAS
Democrats do not know if they are coming or going in the Era of Trump. Each of the candidates have come up with various ways “to fundamentally transform America” as Obama tried so hard to do.
Yet, their front runner is older than the Baby Boomer Generation, and has been in DC since 1973, when he was 29-years-old. A politician his entire life, Biden is claiming he will fix the messes he had a 47-year-long hand in creating. Really?
UNCLE JOE IN THE WHITE HOUSE?
If he wins the presidential election in 2020, Uncle Joe will be age 78, the oldest president ever to be inaugurated. His first term will end 1/20/25, when he is 82 years old. Again, the oldest president to ever exit the Oval Office.
Uncle Joe will not be running for re-election. Long before the 2024 election his staff will be keeping him out of the public eye to hide his deteriorating mental capacity. His staff will only trot him out during his brief lucid moments.
Dementia is progressive and not reversible.
Diane L. Gruber
*According to my itinerary, today is Tuesday, so this must be Cleveland.
**Uncle Joe did not name the other 13 “world leaders.” He is no doubt stretching the meaning of “world leader” to the breaking point