Mar 252016
 
Standing Strong on Shifting Sand: An Alzheimer’s Advocate’s Story

Brenda Bouchard is certainly qualified to advocate on behalf of people affected by Alzheimer’s. The 58-year-old New Hampshire resident serves as a full-time caregiver for her mother with the disease, as well as for her husband, Ken, 69, who has younger-onset Alzheimer’s. My husband was just 59 years old when our journey began. He, like his grandfather, mother, seven aunts and uncles and two older brothers before him was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That was […]

Nov 052015
 
A Lasting Impression

I don’t have Alzheimer’s, and I’m not a caregiver for someone who does. I have no family members suffering from Alzheimer’s. In fact, my family has no history of Alzheimer’s disease. My name is Wes, I’m 36 years old, and the Alzheimer’s Association has been my charity of choice for more than 10 years. “What?” “Why?” It’s true; I’m not your “typical” advocate. But the truth is that this disease has made a lasting impression […]

Oct 272015
 
A Note to Caregivers from Dan Gasby

Two years ago, when B. got her diagnosis, I made the same assumption that almost all newcomers to this challenging subject do. I thought it was all about the loved one who now had Alzheimer’s. She was the patient — or maybe the word I used more often was “victim.” She was, and she is. But the challenge, I came to see, was just as formidable for me as it was for her. I don’t […]

Sep 162015
 
Seattle Seahawks Guard J.R. Sweezy Talks About His Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Seattle Seahawks’ J.R. Sweezy is not the tough offensive guard most people know when he’s around his wife Gissell. “She’s everything I ever wanted. I became so much happier when she came into my life. She’s my support system,” he says, lowering his gaze shyly, petting their black Labrador Otis. Gissell laughs, returning his smile. “There’s that soft side of him that people don’t see,” Gissell says. “I think everyone sees him as just a football player. […]

Sep 112015
 
My Sweet Melinda

Of the 5 million people in this country living with Alzheimer’s, about 200,000 have younger-onset/early-onset Alzheimer’s. It is not an “old person’s” disease. Some people are diagnosed in their 30s, 40s or 50s. One of them was my wife – my sweet Melinda. Melinda is the reason I Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Melinda was once a trial lawyer, a scratch baker, an excellent cook, needlepointer, crafter and seamstress. These talents, along with her incredible intellect, engaging smile, […]

Jul 062015
 
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

Five years ago, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, my mom Sonia moved from Chicago to Missouri. She lived with my brother for a month and then with my sister for about a week. It was soon obvious that I had to take over the responsibility of being her primary caregiver. We were always inseparable, but now we are more inseparable than ever. Due to a very long history of Alzheimer’s in my family, I was […]

Jun 262015
 
I Am More than My Diagnosis

Tim, diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia in 2012, living with HIV Working in information technology and then for many years as a part of a management team, my career was very important to me. At the end of 2009, however, I realized that I was having trouble focusing on my job, and one day after a lunchtime walk, I felt like I had lost sight in one of my eyes. Thinking it was due to stress, […]

Jun 022015
 
Swim for Jim: A Granddaughter’s Fight

My name is Grace, and I am 15 years old. For nearly 10 years of my life, my mother was a caregiver for her two aging parents. My grandmother was broken physically, but my grandfather Jim slowly deteriorated due to Alzheimer’s disease, passing in February of 2014. Watching my grandfather lose his identity was one of the hardest situations my family has ever had to cope with. I live with images of how this incurable […]

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 […]

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