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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Three Hugs and a Lap

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As I approach Cindy’s side of the bed to get her up I give her a little warning. “Time to get up, buttercup,” followed by “Come give me a hug, love bug.” Cindy is on her side facing my side … Continue reading

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Getting Back into Routine

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The day after Christmas my neck and shoulders started feeling tight. I knew the cause was the same as for the headaches I get occasionally; I was not taking care of myself well enough for the situation I was in. … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Life Lesson

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The tree has left the house, the decorations brought back up to the attic, but there is one more Christmas lesson on empathy to share, from the classic: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A guardian angel tasked with saving the life … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tale

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After finishing my evening chores I entered our bedroom and found Cindy with raised head from the neck up. This is an “in between” state for her. She’s not asleep, but neither is she attentive to what is going on … Continue reading

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O Christmas Tree

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On November 29 I sent a message to a friend who owns a Christmas tree farm, offering to pay him for delivering one of his trees to us, since I have limited ability to run errands such as this. Traditionally, … Continue reading

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When Failure Means Success

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I recently failed, yet again, with my accounting paperwork as Cindy’s conservator. At least this time I understood the underlying cause for my repeated failures. Cindy owns one half of the house, thus she should be covering only one half … Continue reading

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Thankful for Much

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Our trips down the stairs best reveals Cindy’s physical decline over time. She has gone through several stages. First her balance went, then her muscle strength. More recently her legs do not function to bend or straighten when they should. … Continue reading

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A Hypocrite I Am

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A Hypocrite I Am One evening this past week I neglected my caregiver duties. I forgot to give Cindy her pills and brush her teeth. I remembered the pills after Cindy was in bed; I administered them by propping her … Continue reading

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“This time it will be forever”

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I laid awake the morning after Halloween reflecting on how things have changed. Once upon a time, during these caregiver days, I would say “I love you” to Cindy when I woke up and her response would be a contented … Continue reading

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