I deliberately used the obnoxious ‘slash’ pronoun form – him/her, himself/herself, he/she – in the previous post because the symptoms of dementia know no gender boundaries. The reader should know that what I write can apply almost always to a man or a woman. However, in the future (unless necessary) I will be using the traditional grammatically correct masculine pronouns to refer to both males and females. No offense intended. It is too difficult to read and write the ‘slash’ version of pronouns and while the traditional forms may be politically incorrect, I am going for easy here.
I totally agree with your use of the masculine pronoun to represent the generic singular. One of the few things brought on by the Women's Liberation Movement (of which I was a part back in the day) that I disagree with due to the slowing down of the reading.