Tag Archives: Navigating Alzheimer’s

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 […]

Vanishing Act

You may have read in earlier posts on my blog, Midwest Mary, how my husband and I met. I was a freelance feature writer for the Chicago Tribune and wrote a story on magician Terry Evanswood. Terry gave me Marshall’s name as a reference. I interviewed Marshall over the phone for that article, and then […]

Caregiver Responsibilities

One of the greatest worries for family members with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is the possibility of no longer being able to care for them at home. The last thing we want is to move our spouse, parent, or sibling to a memory care home. It can feel as if we failed them by […]

No Place Like Home

The saying is that there is no place like home. Home is a haven where we can kick off our shoes, remove our make-up, and get comfy under a blanket on the couch. But what if you never felt at home, always longed for that security, and couldn’t ever find it? That is how it is for most […]

WGN-TV Airs Show on Alzheimer’s

Few will be untouched by Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll know or care for one or more loved ones with this disease, or develop it ourselves. WGN-TV is airing a special on Alzheimer’s disease, titled Unforgettable: Living with Alzheimer’s, hosted by Dean Richards and Dina Bair and featuring interviews with doctors, caregivers, people with the disease, Glen Campbell […]

Radio Interviews on Navigating Alzheimer’s

Are you a family caregiver, especially for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, or know a friend who is? If so, you may want to check out my latest radio interviews: WGN Radio with host Dean Richards Meet the Author on RadioMaria with Ken Huck. (There are two book interviews here. Mine begins at about 28.20 minutes.) Both […]