Category Navigating Alzheimer’s

The Sad Part of Happy Events

A group of friends recently gathered to present a magic show at the memory community in which Marshall resides. These dear friends donated time and talent to honor Marshall and bring magic and laughter to the residents, staff, and family members. The hour-long show was packed with laughter and surprise. The residents in this community are at […]

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 […]

When Night Becomes Day

It was 3 am. My 21 month-old granddaughter, Isabella, tumbled over the side of her crib and padded into her parents’ bedroom. “Watch George Oooo Ahhhh Ahhh,” she asked? Translation: “Can I watch a Curious George video?” (With monkey sounds.) Toddlers, like Isabella, eventually learn the difference between night and day. They also learn that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]