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Old 02-05-2013, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by carnivorousplant View Post
My MIL was hell on pilot lights.
My grandmother, who died of Alzheimer's, nearly burned the house down once trying to "cook" something on the stove. And I shudder to think what a demented handyman type might do by trying to "fix" the furnace or the electrical wiring.

Dementia has such an insidious onset, and so many of us no longer live where we have regular close contact with our aging relatives, that we may not see how severe the problem is before a tragedy happens. I can see this becoming a huge issue in the coming decades.