Category Archives: Caregiving

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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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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“I Have to Go”

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I was folding and putting away clothes at the end of the day, as I often do, using the bed as my folding table. Cindy watched from under the covers as she often does. She looked a little out of … Continue reading

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Being Human

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I interrupted my guitar playing to escort Cindy to the bathroom. The timing was early but she had a look about her. Sure enough, she had an accident. No big deal, that happens almost daily at this point. While she … Continue reading

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Mothers Day Milestone

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We had just finished our shower, getting ready in case we went out for Mother’s Day. I swerved Cindy’s legs around to sit on the portion of the shower bench that was outside of the tub, where I dried her … Continue reading

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Avoiding Depression

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This was a morning that happens about once every two months, cleaning up a considerable mess. Once every two months is not often, for which I am grateful, but this time during the clean up I noticed how much muscle … Continue reading

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