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Walking Away from Alzheimer’s Disease

We are counting down the days to the Alzheimer’s Association Walk in my area. I’ll be walking again in honor of my husband, Marshall Brodien, who passed away this past March. I truly do appreciate all who support me and the rest of us who get out there. More than 5.7 million Americans are diagnosed […]

Clearing out the Logs

If we don’t have enough opportunities in person, social media provides a platform for us to stand strong in our thoughts and beliefs. We have something to say, so we post it. But those thoughts and beliefs also include what we don’t like about others. If they aren’t following our path, they must be wrong, […]

Easing Our Way Out of this World

We don’t want to talk or think about it. It’s rarely pretty. Some fear what happens afterwards, and we’d rather cling to what we do know, even if it’s not all that great. Death scares most of us, partly due to the fact that those of us who witness loved ones dying often see them […]

Land of the Free?

Please tell me, is this the kind of world you want to live in? Are you proud to leave our country in its present condition to the next generation—our children, grandchildren—any child? Perhaps your perception of the world is different than mine, but I see disrespect for the environment, wildlife, and humanity. I see inequity, […]

I Am

“Memory is essential to our well-being, but why do we forget so much as we grow older? For some, it is a challenge to recall all but the most significant events and details. And even the events that once defined us fade away. In later stages of Alzheimer’s, many do not even know their own […]

Epitome of a Mentoring Hero

“Is this the famous author, Mary K. Doyle,” my friend, Herb (Herbert Sohn, M.D.), would lovingly ask every time he called me? Herb made me feel important, special. But I knew that I wasn’t the only one. He spoke with everyone like that. Herb was the epitome of a mentoring hero. He knew where people […]

Walking Toward Answers

“Walking a labyrinth is a meditative and healing experience that helps relieve stress, at least temporarily, by quieting the mind. Like a voyage to the center of our being, walkers claim that it promotes a sense of peace, compassion, and understanding. The special walk offers a period of repose, a peaceful break from life’s challenges. […]

Love Them Where They Are

Like sunshine on an overcast day rays of the man I knew peek through the clouds leaving me longing for more. How well we who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease know the feelings of this poem found in the beginning of my book, Navigating Alzheimer’s. One minute our mother seems to recognize us and […]

Timeless Message for Peace

“Throughout history, some level of unrest has existed. Since the creation of humanity and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, we’ve argued our differences, often to extreme outcomes. No one can deny that any pockets of peace our planet is currently experiencing are isolated and fragile. The extent of violence […]

Prayers from and to the Communion of Saints

The reality of losing a loved one can take some time to hit home. Intellectually we know that person is no longer physically present, but we lag behind emotionally. My husband, Marshall, passed away on March 8th. It’s been a rough month and a half getting used to him being gone. In an effort to […]