Announcement: Living Well with Alzheimer’s

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We all want to live well, but how can that happen when tragedy strikes? In 2011 my wife Cindy and I began our “early retirement” years, brought about through Cindy’s early onset Alzheimer’s. This blog shares our experiences of living … Continue reading

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Rules Broken

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Saturday was one of those gems that pop up unexpected. As often happens I came across something early in the day that set the table for what was to follow. On Facebook a friend lamented about how we have strayed … Continue reading

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Triggers

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New Years and birthdays are a natural time to reflect. I wish I could have changed the topic for my mind’s reflection this past birthday, but the mind often drifts to where it wants or needs to be. That topic … Continue reading

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Winding Down

As I hugged Cindy tightly a comforting thought came to mind. All along I’ve been drawing the wrong parallels with Cindy’s eventual passing. Cindy does not have to pass away like Mom, in a nursing home with no family by … Continue reading

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The Hug Is Mightier Than the Pen

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I absolutely cannot afford to be angry. Two people are dependent on my wellness, which in turn depends on refraining from anger. I am most aware of the links between anger and cognitive decline, but the health impacts of anger … Continue reading

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Can Kindness Change the World?

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I am composing a symphony to raise funds and awareness for brain health and wellness research. “Can kindness change the world?” is the opening lyric to the Kindness Movement for that symphony. A first draft for this movement’s slideshow is … Continue reading

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Haunting Attrition

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As I guided Cindy from one room to another, holding both her hands and slowly backing up in front of her, I noticed her legs for the first time in quite awhile. Even during the summer she usually wears pants … Continue reading

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Living and Reliving

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We were like shut ins this past weekend. On Friday we never even went downstairs due to bathroom anomalies. On Saturday I missed my 45th high school class reunion. On Sunday we missed our son Noah singing in the Litchfield … Continue reading

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Neither Blessing nor Curse

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Lately our daughters have expressed some heartwarming sentiments about family, community and our situation. You can read Serena’s sentiments here. You can read Charissa’s sentiments here. Our daughters remind me of two important things. One is that Cindy and I … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Titles

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I recently came across two different titles reporting on the same Alzheimer’s research. Each title carries a different meaning; neither hints at the likely meaning. The research involved lifestyle interventions with people taking the Alzheimer’s drug memantine. The people with … Continue reading

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