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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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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When Charm No Longer Works

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I’m far from the most charming guy to others, with one important exception. I openly speak what I think and feel, plus I make up my own mind entirely. I have problems with every party, every ideology, every interest group … Continue reading

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A Matter of Perspective

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I was driving Charissa’s car to go grocery shopping when the image hit me. I pictured myself holding Cindy and “dancing” as she held on tightly, partly because of her lack of balance, partly because holding onto me is the … Continue reading

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Wellness Pyramid – The Lifestyle

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The Wellness Pyramid represents an entire lifestyle. Unlike many medical treatments, this lifestyle offers additional benefits rather than potential side effects. The drawback is the greater commitment required to adopt an entire lifestyle. This last installment for Alzheimer’s and Brain … Continue reading

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Wellness Pyramid – Brain Enhancement

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Exercise is centrally located in the wellness pyramid because it does it all. The endorphins will help with Contentment; the antioxidant defense system will help with Brain Maintenance; the brain-derived neurotrophic factor will help with Brain Enhancement. Exercise alone will … Continue reading

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Wellness Pyramid – Brain Maintenance

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Diet, rest, exercise. Those make up the brain maintenance level of the wellness pyramid. All three are crucial for maintaining body functions in general, not just the brain. This is not the first time I’ve posted about the importance of … Continue reading

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