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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“Hold Me”

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Many mornings I ask Cindy if she slept OK. Even when I know she hasn’t she will answer with a cheerful “yes.” On March 10, 2017, for the very first time, she answered “no.” As far as I could tell … Continue reading

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The Fall

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Cindy had remained in her chair the whole time a companion was over, the chair I call the throne. I help Cindy off the throne just before I sit down on a bench to play guitar.  I get her up … Continue reading

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One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

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We celebrated Cindy’s birthday on Sunday at our usual haunt: The Wood Creek Bar and Grill. We invited a few family members and the local companions who have been visiting Cindy. We would have invited more but I knew word … Continue reading

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Caregiver Vignette – The Stairs

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We are at the bottom of our stairs. Standing up one step from Cindy I drape her forearms on top of my shoulders. I reach down and cusp my right hand behind her left knee. Her leg is limp and … Continue reading

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Caregiver Vignette – The Good-Bye

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Our two daughters are home on New Years Eve, despite the fact that there won’t be much celebrating in this household. As her caregiver I’ll get Cindy ready for bed around 10:00, way before the ball drops at Times Square.  … Continue reading

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Caregiver Vignette – The Date

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I carefully tugged one sleeve of Cindy’s winter coat up her right arm, my body leaning against her from behind to make sure she did not topple over. The second arm always is the more challenging, but I managed to … Continue reading

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Glee

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I started typing this while watching the comedy-drama series called Glee. This was one of the first series we started binge watching during Cindy’s “early retirement” years, brought on by her dementia. The events of the past week lead us … Continue reading

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Neither Stoic Nor Heroic

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Cindy and I are doing OK for our situation. The long break in between posts is due to a shrinkage in coverage, which is about to shrink further, not because of something gone wrong. I get messages from people worrying … Continue reading

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New Years Caregiver Chart

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My 2017 New Years Resolution is being faithful to the caregiver chart that hangs on our refrigerator. I created the chart as a guide for visiting companions, but I’ve resolved I should use it to make the most out of … Continue reading

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