Category Alzheimer’s disease

Caregiver, Be Brave

When can we no longer leave our loved one alone? When do we take away the car keys? When do we prohibit the use of power tools – or any tools? When do we install security or tracking? And when, or if, do we move our loved one to an assisted living home for memory […]

Meditation: A Mini-Vacation

Do you need a vacation? You can get away from it all – every day – with a few minutes of meditation. Meditation is like a mini-vacation. Just a few minutes of quiet can do wonders for the body, mind, and soul. It tops the list of ways to optimize health, including assisting with the […]

Prayer Partner

For those of us who keep on track with prayer, the inability to pray would be a great loss. Ongoing communication with the Lord keeps us afloat through our life travels. People with memory loss often lose their ability to read prohibiting them from reading scripture or devotionals. They also may not remember the words […]

Leaning Forward

One of the best pieces of advice I received at the beginning of Marshall’s Alzheimer’s symptoms was not to anticipate what happens next. So many factors are involved that it’s impossible to predict the exact course. Worrying about what may never happen is pointless. One situation I never considered was Marshall requiring a walker. I […]

What Happens Next?

The path of Alzheimer’s is a downward slope. As of now, there is no cure, and there’s no getting better. As much as we understand that, it’s human nature to stop periodically and wonder what we can expect to happen next with our loved one. Most often, the answer is the same. No one can know for sure. […]

How Do You Know?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is how did I know something was wrong with my husband? How did I know it was Alzheimer’s disease? The red flag for me was the change in personality. Marshall is a happy, easy going guy. He always was, and thankfully, has been again since we figured […]

Listening with the Heart

Early in our marriage, when on long drives or walks, my husband, Marshall, and I would create stories.We’d start with a what-if, and then carry it away to another land and time. As an entertainer and a storyteller, these tales became quite fantastical. Now Marshall tells stories that are a mix of past and present, fantasy and […]

Controlled Celebrations

Today is my husband, Marshall’s birthday, and we celebrated with a small group for lunch–just my sister, Patti, brother-in-law, Parke, and daughters Lisa and Erin. Lunch time is Marshall’s best time of day as he is up and going but not yet into sundowners. And six adults at one table in a quiet corner of […]

When Down, Look Up

Around 350 million people suffer from depression. In recent years I’ve counted myself in that number. Fortunately, I have more good days than bad but know the depths of sorrow. This is a common side-effect of having a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease. I’m in a perpetual state of mourning because I continuously lose a part […]

Laugh Together

Laughter is good medicine. It helps to boost our mood and set us on a happy track for the remainder of the day. As an entertainer, Marshall still has a need to see people laugh, and he can be quite funny. He no longer remembers the whole joke, but we are married long enough he doesn’t […]