Happiness is…BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7437.453 (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:453
- Nick Jefferies, consultant anaesthetist
It has been observed in these pages that having a parent's health problem referred to a geriatrician is nature's way of telling you to grow up. The call to the psychogeriatrician is often the signal that a cherished relationship has undergone an irrevocable change and that a new order has taken its place as the prelude to an unwelcome full independence.
And so one day the time came to admit that my father's forgetfulness, irrational behaviour, and wandering were no longer just subjects for resigned family humour but were becoming a hazard to him and a nuisance …