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Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1w ago

The Best We Can

 I went to sleep around midnight and woke up at 4:00 a.m. I tossed, turned, read, tossed, turned, and read some more. Finally more than two hours later, I went back to sleep. The phone woke ...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1W ago

Back in the Groove

For the past two months, my excuse for hibernating is “so busy with the holidays, you know.” So what if I’m busy binge re-reading my Tony Hillerman Leaphorn and Chee books. There isn’t a bet...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 3W ago

Cold is for the Bold

As 2017 winds down, winter has barely started, and I’m ready for spring.With the cold weather and sub-zero wind chills lately, I’ve had to psych myself up every time I head out the door to w...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 4W ago

Christmas at the Home

I saw a post this morning, “Please, if you have loved ones in a nursing home try to spend some time with them.” This reminder made me think of the five Christmas holidays Jim spent in a nurs...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Kathy Siggins Stamps Out Alzheimer’s

I went to my local post office this week and bought a sheet of Alzheimer’s semipostal stamps. I couldn’t help but brag, “My friend, Kathy Siggins, is the one who got the approval for this st...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Slaying Dragons

An old story that came to my mind this morning: a man asked his friend with a terminal disease, “How does it feel to know you are dying?” The friend responded, “How do you feel to think you ...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Sights, Sounds, and Traditions of the Holidays

I’m not sure where the year went, but it definitely swooshed by. It’s hard to believe it is Christmastime, even with two trees and a complete army of nutcrackers scattered throughout the hou...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Caregiving: Confidence, Doubt, and Little Things

When I was caring for Jim, I showed great confidence. I tracked his medications, I knew his health history, and we communicated on an almost subliminal level. Through classes, seminars, work...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 2M ago

Thankfulness

I woke up this Thanksgiving morning without plans. For many years, Thanksgiving meant going home to the Lake of the Ozarks. That’s where my mom and dad lived. Thanksgiving was the one time o...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 2M ago

Free as a Bird

When I took the dog out this morning, a flock of birds swooped in to sit on the limbs of a bare tree. They were chirping and flitting around like it was a spring day instead of a prelude to ...