I think it is a good question, Ann. I have no anecdotal evidence.
The only thing I can speculate about, and that is from books, or accounts I have read, is that enlightened people tend to check out before things get too severe. Yes, I anticipate all the barbs about MMY, but in this case, it is as you say, no one, outside of his small circle of those who tended to him in his final years can really say with certainty what was going on, sal, the most "informed" on such matters, notwithstanding. (-: ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : I know that I have been influenced by what others here described as his mental infirmities and I have read their accounts of their own subjective observations of later tapes but have not gone to actually see them myself. However, the question still stands for me: Does enlightenment preclude the possibility of mental decay or even senility and the onset of Alzheimers? Not having been around elderly enlightened people I have no idea.