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Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1W ago

Memories of Lilacs and April

The lilacs are in bloom and every time I walk out onto the deck, I smell them. Lilacs and April are two reminders of Jim. He left this world on April 18, 2005. The lilacs reminded me of a st...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 2W ago

Learn As You Go

Linda and Ted, CaregiversAt line dancing class recently, we danced to the song, “Life Is a Dance.” As I listened to the words, “learn as you go,” I was reminded of my years as a caregiver. D...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 3W ago

Taking AIM at Alzheimer's

Linda Fisher and Congresswoman HartzlerWhat is it that brings me back to Washington, D.C., year after year? It’s not the cherry blossoms. It’s not the Smithsonian or the monuments. It’s not ...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Headed to DC

This year marks my 17th trip to D.C. to join my voice with fellow advocates at the Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum.Essential preparations for this annual journey began on Wednesday with laundry. ...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

A Fleeting Shadow

At a funeral recently, the pastor referenced a book of Psalms that referred to life as a “breath” and our days as a “fleeting shadow.” Sunday morning, I had planned to use these thoughts as ...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Lewy Body Dementia

“My mom has dementia,” the woman said. “How is that different from Alzheimer’s?”“I think of dementia as an umbrella,” I said. “Beneath the umbrella of dementia are several diseases. Alzheime...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

March Madness

With Donna Hirner-Gardner at Legislative ConferenceMarch marched onto my calendar with the purpose of seeing how sane I could remain in an insane world. The month began with a series of meet...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 1M ago

Blowin' in the Wind

As usual, I was running late for an appointment this morning. As I turned onto the highway, I noticed my Sedalia Democrat had been delivered to my paper box. Deciding I could be on time if I...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 2M ago

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: A Voice of Experience

At the end of January, my friend, and mentor, Penny Braun passed away. Penny was my first contact with the Alzheimer’s Association. When Jim first developed dementia symptoms, I called the M...
Early Onset Alzheimer's Blog · 2M ago

Seven Types of Love

When February 14 rolls around, hearts and minds everywhere focus on love. Some look forward to the day with unbridled anticipation, while others feel only trepidation. During our lifetimes, ...