As I settle in to watch Game 6 of the World Series, Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians, (Go Cubs!) I realize how grateful I am for the excitement and distraction of baseball. I went to Cubs' games as a kid and it's fun to think the curse of the goat has finally been lifted. My … Continue reading A Dementia Triple Play
Gott ist die Liebe Easter week has begun and I thought it would be apropos to write my "G" post with that in mind. There is no other time of the year like Easter - the Passover Lamb, new birth, new life. Bare with me as a travel back in time for a moment to one … Continue reading Gott ist die Liebe
My poetic friend, Michelle Pond, co-hosts a radio show about the arts. Recently, she interviewed Deborah Shouse, author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey, along with her performance buddy, Ron Zoglin. Both Deborah and Ron are entertainers as well as writers. In this radio interview with Michelle, they … Continue reading The Arts and Alzheimer’s
Think you’ll be forever young? I sure used to. When I was a teen, I thought twenty was old and I'd never reach that age. When I was twenty, I thought thirty was old. When I was . . . . Cutting straight to the moral of the story—Young is relative. Young/Youth is also a prized … Continue reading 5 reasons why you need to earn about Alzheimer’s while you are still young
This post is not lamenting in nature. What I mean by that is that it is not: Why, oh, why, did my LO get Alzheimer’s? Disease is part of this fallen world. We do our best to avoid contracting them by healthy living but the truth is, humans succumb to disease regardless. Age, money, family, … Continue reading Why?
What the hell happened to my brain? I never met Kate Swaffer. But, I love her question. Kate was featured in Wikking Dementia Research’s online MOOC called Understanding Dementia. She was diagnosed with early onset Semantic Dementia. It began with several headaches and lapses in word recognition. No one expects to receive a diagnosis of … Continue reading What the hell happened to my brain?
Monday night, we faced one of those emergencies that no one can control. Mom suffered a TIA. My dad heard her collapse on the bathroom floor. As soon as he could drag her out of the bathroom, he called me to ask what he should do. From a distance, it’s hard to know so I … Continue reading So, what’s the plan?
What's it mean? That term almost sounds like code for a new street drug. Or a pre-dinner drink. For caregivers, sundowning occurs almost on cue every single day. Sundowners is a frustrating syndrome manifesting at twilight. It’s that difficult time of day when the Alzheimer’s-afflicted begin to exhibit particular repetitive behaviors and it continues sometimes … Continue reading Sundowners
The Alert: Statistics are out. Every 68 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. One in three seniors die with some type of dementia. It’s mind-boggling. We need to have a better understanding of this disease. The Offering: A free on-line course. “The University of Tasmania's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, … Continue reading Understanding Dementia