Announcement: Moving Forward with Hope for Alzheimer’s

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This blog reports on two journeys that represent Hope for Alzheimer’s in different ways. The first journey was a 5,000 mile, year long hike of the American Discovery Trail. The public purpose at the time was to promote the virtues … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Moodiness

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As we sat together at the breakfast table Cindy had one of her patented, glowing smiles. Wanting to milk her good mood further, I brought out a frequently used line I typically use for her more somber moods: “Have I … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Incontinence

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Cindy and I used to joke about our reading materials at night. I would curl up with Dilbert or Calvin and Hobbes. As a visiting nurse, Cindy would curl up with books like Fecal and Urinary Incontinence. I marveled at … Continue reading

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The Ten Million Steps Presentation

While at the University of Maryland I gave a presentation about our American Discovery Trail journey to the School of Public Health. That presentation was videotaped and a link to the video subsequently provided. There are three parts to the … Continue reading

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The Arc of Life

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When my Mom had Alzheimer’s we often placed our infant son Noah on her lap. Both would sit perfectly content with the company of the other. That strategy is not available to me with Cindy, a tragic reality. As we … Continue reading

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Maryland Road Trip Reflections

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We just returned from a road trip to Maryland. I had been apprehensive about this trip for Cindy. She handled all the changes in routine better than I anticipated, yet there were some tough moments. In review I gained some … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Assisted Daily Living Needs

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I can pinpoint the worst experience I’ve had as a caregiver. In fact I already alluded to this experience in a post about sadness headaches. The experience involved an assisted daily living (ADL) need. Cindy needs assistance using the toilet … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Mind-Body Disconnect

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Our bedroom lies on the second floor of our house. The kitchen and most other common rooms lie downstairs, while our third-floor attic has been converted into a den. After I have dressed Cindy in the morning I will instruct … Continue reading

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The Message

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Awhile back I shared the incident about Cindy putting her sock in my coffee. This morning I went upstairs for a moment, only to find Cindy’s pill box in my coffee when I came back down. Some folks might be … Continue reading

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The Hikers Reunion

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The day after a big event causes reflection; in this case the big event was a hikers reunion held at our house. About thirty long distance hikers, plus a few spouses, celebrated Cindy’s Honorary Triple Crown with us. Most hikers … Continue reading

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