From the Chicago Tribune:
Jeff Malanoski sat in front of his bowl of cereal, watching “The Price is Right” and forgetting to eat his breakfast.
His sister, Marilyn Long, sat at the table next to him and repeatedly reminded him.
“Why don’t you eat your cereal?” she coaxed, reaching over his shoulder to give it a stir.
Her husband, Mike Long, sighed.
“It takes forever,” he said.
It didn’t used to. Malanoski has Down syndrome, but until a few years ago, he ate without prompting, dressed himself and was relatively easy for the Longs to care for in their Elk Grove Village home, as they have for 26 years. For 20 years, he worked as a bagger at Jewel.
Now, however, his sweet smile is topped by short gray hair. He can’t eat or dress by himself. He no longer works; he was forgetting how to bag groceries. He no longer knows how to tie his shoes.