May 142015
 
Mother and Child

When I presented Mom with her birthday present, I couldn’t get my phone to record her reaction. The present was a big frame with eight photos of our family, and she loved it. So, what did I do? I took back the present, waited about 10 minutes, and gave it to her again. This time I filmed it—the same, wondrous reaction to seeing all her loved ones is now recorded. I’m both amused and horrified […]

May 072015
 
Remember Me, An Excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Attributed to both Ludwig Wittgenstein and Robert Byrne I was a nurse for thirty years. Near the end of my career, I began to notice that I was struggling to complete daily tasks. There was always an excuse; I was tired or had worked too many hours. I began having trouble with my knee and took time off work to have surgery. It was during this time […]

Feb 052015
 
Cooking with Alzheimer’s: Food, Family & the Nontraditional

A French writer once said that “a recipe has a hidden side, like the moon.” In every recipe there’s a little something that makes it special, and, hopefully, better. – Paula Wolfert The symptoms of dementia can vary greatly from person to person. In Paula’s case, it was her response to a simple request that acted as an early warning sign. One day her husband Bill asked her to make an omelet and her reply […]

Dec 222014
 
Sense and Sensitivity 

When my mother Naomi was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010 at the age of 70, my father, Jack, actually started cooking for the first time in his life. Through the painful realization that we were losing our beloved mom and wife, we found humor in the situation. My father had actually entered the kitchen! This post is an excerpt from The Lost Kitchen: An Alzheimer’s Memoir and Cookbook, which chronicles the story of how my family struggled to maintain […]

Nov 212014
 
Still My Grammy, An Excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete. ~Marcy DeMaree My grandmother was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease when I was in fifth grade. At that point in my life, I was a kid. I was selfish as all kids are, so I didn’t think twice about it. I had no idea how it would eventually affect my life, as […]

Oct 302014
 
In Their Own Words

In April 2013, Vern Gillmore was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. When Vern first started to experience the warning signs, he was not prepared to hear the words “Alzheimer’s disease.” Today Vern and his wife and care partner Karen are working together to educate others about the disease while facing their daily challenges head-on. They are just one couple whose story shows the power of love and teamwork during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. In […]

Sep 182014
 
Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Team Led by Four-Year-Old Fundraiser

Everyone has a reason to end Alzheimer’s, including four-year-old Lilly Myers of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Her great-grandmother or “Nanny,” Patty Lewis, 82, is one of the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. To honor Nanny, Lilly is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease — in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. But the preschooler isn’t just walking; she’s the top fundraiser […]

Sep 052014
 
The Journey Begins, An Excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams We had known for a little more than a month before we decided to let others in on the burden our family had been carrying. On the last day of school before Thanksgiving break, my husband, at age forty-six, stood before his beloved high school students and told them our horrific secret. We taught at the same high school, so I […]

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