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 – Poor Decisions

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Early on in our marriage I handed the checkbook over to Cindy. I forgot what prompted this, probably just the notion that we should take turns. Within two weeks there was a $500 shortfall in our checking account, not because … Continue reading

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Two Unfortunate Days

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I’ve had an unfortunate couple of days in a row, all the more puzzling because lately there has been a bevy of good news. We have a boarder now who brings good cheer and energy to the household. Alison likes … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Communicating

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By the time we left for the American Discovery Trail in May of 2011, Cindy already had trouble communicating. The trouble was not rooted in not knowing words, or even memories. The trouble was rooted in something akin to stress. … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Confusion

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With the advantage of hindsight, I can see that confusion symptoms came about the same time as memory loss symptoms for Cindy. They manifested themselves in Cindy returning home late from work because she had trouble finding her way to … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Memory Loss

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This is the biggie, right? Memory loss is what we all assume is the most definitive sign of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Certainly my first suspicions for Cindy came when she repeated questions or comments several times. I recall one … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Balance

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Loss of balance was not an early symptom discovered with Cindy, but it could have been. There is a correlation between how long you can balance on one leg and healthy cognitive function. If you cannot balance for 30 seconds … Continue reading

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Brain Dysfunction Symptoms – Stress

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Cindy was regularly stressed with work as a visiting nurse, as they asked her to see more patients in less hours. Being a conscientious person, this weighed on her. Yet in our society most of us are stressed at some … Continue reading

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Brain Health Checklist – Hygiene

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Usually Cindy enjoys brushing her teeth and I have no problems with getting her to do so. Whenever there might be some slight resistance, or she’s not in the best of moods at the time, I’ll resort to singing the … Continue reading

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Brain Health Checklist – Levity

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Our morning coffee has brought some interesting moments. Cindy often reaches for my coffee, instead of hers, while we are relaxing around the kitchen table. That opens the floodgates for teasing about her trying to steal my food, with both … Continue reading

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