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
It is a sultry Wednesday afternoon. My daughter and I have driven south to the near north suburbs of Chicago for a visit to my parent’s house and a hair appointment. K is a master stylist with a well-known hair salon. Doing hair has been her fall-back since she hasn’t been able to find a … Continue reading Just another day at Mom’s
Today I am highlighting a captivating short film that proves that life with dementia can be enriching. When I read the accompanying article, Person-centred care film wins international award | Dementia Daily, I felt a sense of relief and encouragement that a care facility exists that focuses on the person, not on the disease. Then I watched the … Continue reading Finding the Why
My guest today is Carol. This weekend her family will gather for a memorial for her father who recently passed away. While her post is entitled "H is for Hands," it is your heart that will grow a few sizes today. H is for Hands Years ago, I read that one of the sad parts about getting … Continue reading H is for Hands
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 desire for this blog is to personalize the Alzheimer's journey and share how it affects families. Today, I have invited blogger and friend Carol Cooney to share her story. It is touching and memorable. Dentures, Desks, and Dementia by Carol Cooney My Dad died three weeks ago. He would have been disappointed that he only made it … Continue reading Dentures, Desks, and Dementia
Today starts a new series on The Slow Forget--The ABC's of Dementia. I never thought there was so much to say about this disease, but there is. So, (cue the music) let's start at the very beginning. It's a very good place to start. "A" is for Anxiety Anxiety is a normal reaction when your … Continue reading The ABC’s of Dementia
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
When people ask me if my mom has Dementia or Alzheimer's, I just smile and say, YES. It is Dementia. And it is Alzheimer's. Then they ask, "Isn't there a patch for that?" Or, "How did she get it?" Or, "She has kind of been acting weird." And my smile turns into a GRRR. Then … Continue reading Is it Dementia or Alzheimer’s?
Brains are extraordinary creatures. Without one, we’d be . . . well, dead. A good brain takes us far, a damaged one is a precursor for heartache. Take a look at what happens to a child’s brain when the child experiences a life of neglect. More specifically, if a child is treated as a throw-away … Continue reading What if it were this simple?