Aug 202015
 
A Love Like That

My mother told me, when I was rather young, that no one’s soul ever dies. I imagine that each memory is a small flame, burning amidst so many others. They eventually create a swirling, shimmering glow, illuminated by love, flying up, up, up, until they light the sky with a brilliant glow. As we walked through the halls of the clinic, I spotted a ninety-year-old woman on her bed, eyes wide, mouth open as if […]

Jul 242015
 
Dr. Knopman Talks the Latest and Greatest in Alzheimer's Research

We asked, and you answered!  Below you will find a Q&A with Dr. David Knopman in our Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) feature “Ask the Expert.” We asked you to share what you would ask a researcher if you had a chance, and you asked important probing questions regarding Alzheimer’s symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and advancements. Read all of the questions and answers below. Raenelle asks… Is a brain autopsy still the only way to definitively […]

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 232015
 
Stories My Grandfather Told Me

I am sitting at a dinner party in Deauville, France, listening to my grandfather recount stories I’ve heard him tell a thousand times before; times spent with Peter O’Toole in the desert, his love affair with Barbra Streisand and with other leading ladies, past exploits at card tables and racetracks. But this night is different. The stories are off; rich details normally embedded like fine jewels are missing. The characters are colorless and the anecdotes lack grounding in space and time – […]

Jun 212015
 
Crossing Bridges and Playing Bridge on The Longest Day

Good morning! Today is an important and exciting day in the making. This morning, members of the San Diego Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) chapter are joining members of the San Diego Bridge Academy and Redwood Bridge Club in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) leads the fundraising to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on The Longest Day, along with raffles, a fine art silent auction and an appearance by Chopper the Biker […]

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 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 […]

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