When the “Needle Gets Stuck” – The Lesters’ Story
Raleigh, NC─ In the past six years, Arnette Lester of Raleigh, NC has lost all but a few of her teeth. She can no longer work or drive a car. Arnette has difficulty finding the right words and uses the same word to mean many different things; when she can’t come up with any word at all, she’ll substitute the word “something” in its place. She eats very quickly, barely chewing her food, and her family worries that she will choke. She wets herself several times a day. This scenario might not seem so odd for an aging dementia patient. However, Arnette Lester is just 60 years old.