“Having Dementia Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Vote” – The New York Times

“Yes, you can help a cognitively impaired person participate in the election. But heed these two guidelines.”

vote dementiaCredit…Christina Perry”

by Paula Span

Edward Kozlowski often told his daughter how his father had walked across Siberia to come to America.

“Born in Chicago 99 years ago, Mr. Kozlowski grew up on Midwestern farms. He left West Point during World War II to enlist in the Army Air Corps and made four flights over Europe on D-Day. A mechanical engineer, he spent much of his career at NASA and at Texas A&M.

“And throughout his adult life, Mr. Kozlowski, a registered Republican, voted in virtually every election. ‘In my family, voting was the highest honor of citizenship,’ his daughter, Judith Kozlowski, said. ‘You owed it to your country to vote; that was always the message.’

“It remains important to Mr. Kozlowski, now a resident of an independent living facility in Chevy Chase, Md. He didn’t want to vote in person this year, wary of exposure to the coronavirus, so his daughter helped him request a mail-in ballot — even though he has developed dementia.

“’Some days he’s right on the mark, sometimes he’s not,’ said Ms. Kozlowski, 68.”

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