Category Health

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  The state of Illinois finally got something right. It issued a license plate to help promote awareness of the urgent need for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Illinois is the first and only state to have a specialty license plate supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and it’s now available to Illinois residents. The exposure of […]

How Long Will This Depression Last?

We prayed. We bargained. We begged. God did not answer our prayer as we hoped and now we are falling into a dark pit. Depression is a common response to grief and often follows denial, anger, and bargaining. We feel powerless in our loss. Something or someone dear was taken from us and we could […]

Shedding Light on the Flickering Chandelier

The bulbs are flickering but still light the room. Outsiders rarely understand Alzheimer’s disease. If they don’t or haven’t cared for someone with Alzheimer’s 24/7 for at least a week, they presume the state of our loved one to be better or worse than it is. A few outsiders believe that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease […]

God’s Instrument

Ancient cultures thought that illness was a divine punishment. The sick person or their ancestors failed God in some way and got what they deserved. Associating with someone who was diseased or who worked in an unethical job harmed other people’s health as well. They believed that if they went near someone who was sick or disabled, […]

Let’s Make a Deal

“Lord, if you help me find a job today, I promise I’ll never complain about going to work. I will go in every day with a smile on my face.” Not all losses are the same but losing a job is close to the top, because it is painful on several levels. The loss of […]

Feed Your Brain

Life is more fun when we’re healthy, and staying healthy often is in our hands. Researchers believe many of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease is related to lifestyle. Helping to keep the body healthy helps to keep the mind healthy as well. Smoking, obesity, limited physical activity, a fatty, sugary diet, and drug and […]

What Happen’s Next?

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”  ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen Who doesn’t worry about tomorrow? Life would be so much easier if we knew how things will work out. Knowing the future would reduce so much anxiety. Or would it? Everything works out […]

The Most Expensive Disease in the Nation

The Reason to Hope event was held in the Chicago area last week. Representing the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and the more than 15 million caregivers it takes to care for them, my husband, Marshall Brodien, and I were honored with the Courage Award. We are grateful to the Illinois Alzheimer’s […]

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 […]

Comfort Me, O Lord

On May 13, 1917, Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She told the children that they would suffer because they offered to serve God. However, Mary said that the grace of God would be their comfort. God’s promise to comfort us is found throughout Scripture (Psalm 23:4, Isaiah 66 12-13, Zechariah 1:17, […]