Living With Grandma: “They Stole My Purse” a post from the blog of Casey Kurlander. Accusations of theft is one of the earler signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
From time to time I will post stories that I have written about my grandmother, Betty Collura. I lived with her for about 14 months in 2006-2007, and it was during this time that she started showing the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It was an interesting time with many significant ups and downs, but I have a unique story to tell for almost every single day.
After tossing and turning for the past three or four hours, I had finally managed to drift into a light sleep when I sensed someone creep up and stare at me. I pulled the thick white down comforter over my face in an attempt to block the sunlight and hide even though I was burning up. A second later I peeked out, directing my eyes to the doorway to see that she was still there and then over to the clock. …
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ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT: THREE TIPS FOR GETTING ALONG. A POST FROM THE BLOG OF Mom and Dad Care
By Marie Marley
The Huffington Post
Alzheimer’s disease patients sometimes have personality changes that can be extremely negative. Formerly sweet loved ones can become argumentative and even verbally, emotionally or physically abusive. I speak from personal experience. Things had gotten so bad I wanted to end my relationship with Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 25 years. He had become impossible to be around. He was incredibly irritable, angry, mean and emotionally abusive. What’s more he was making scenes in public on a regular basis, which was immensely embarrassing. I loved Ed, but I just didn’t think I could tolerate it anymore. Yet I couldn’t possibly end our relationship, either. First, because I loved him so much. Second, it would have been morally reprehensible — hee couldn’t have gotten along on his own for even one day. And he was often really confused. One Saturday evening he actually called the…
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Interview with Alzheimer Sufferer ‘You Turn Into a Person You Don’t Know Anymore’ from the blog of Medsooda
Interview with Alzheimer Sufferer ‘You Turn Into a Person You Don’t Know Anymore’
By Beate Lakotta, March 1, 2010
Former psychology professor Richard Taylor was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58. Since then he has written a book about his experiences and gone on to become a passionate advocate for humane care of those with Alzheimer’s. He talks to SPIEGEL about how his life, his relationships and his perception of the world have changed.
Richard Taylor, America’s most famous Alzheimer’s activist, lives in a typical middle-class, single-occupier suburb in Houston, Texas. Taylor, a psychology professor, was 58 years old when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia in 2001. Soon after that, in order to better understand what was happening to him, he began writing on a daily basis. These documents became the…
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Weekly Photo Challenge: FRIENDSHIP
From the blog of The Wanderlust Gene
In honour of the deep and abiding friendships that have sustained me throughout my life, I submit “Two Old Friends”.
“Best Mates” for almost sixty years, they’d met just after the war. One was almost a decade older than the other, one mercurial, the other a deep flowing river. Undemonstrative, in that dry, laconic way of Australian men, their love, and trust were implicit, unquestioned certainties. At one point, the younger became the leader, demonstrating his solicitude and appreciation through annual visits to the other’s now far removed location.
To listen to them yarn, to examine and solve the issues of the day, to chivvy and tease each other, advise and seek counsel, to test each other out, was to be privy to the essence of love.
This farm house on top of a hill is also a home on the range where the horses, goats and chickens feed in harmony
But the goats keep to themselves
The same island has many beaches. Here Enzo prepares to drive from a diving plank
Enzo and Mahal, one of the more than ten horses in the farm
From the blog of Discover The World With Arrangements Abroad ‘Travel Wisdom by Pico Iyer’. Pico Iyer, born in India and raised in England is perhaps the traveling-est writer of all time.
By Anastasia Mills Healy
Recently I had the good fortune to hear the accomplished writer and world traveler Pico Iyer speak in Manhattan as part of a new lecture series presented by the World Monuments Fund.
Being a good writer does not automatically make one a good speaker, but Iyer was engaging and inspirational, charming and wise.
He peppered his talk with travel quotations, my favorite being one from Henry David Thoreau: “No place is uninteresting when looked at with interested eyes.” Think of that the next time you get antsy when your travel companion is lingering somewhere.
Iyer spoke glowingly about locations including Kyoto, where he lives, and Dharamsala, where he has spent time with the Dalai Lama. But in response to a query from an audience member who asked him to name some of his favorite destinations, Iyer quickly responded that Cuba was a place he has visited many times and which…
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Promoting positive images of aging:
‘White Karen Women From Mae Sarang’ from the blog of tribudragon
I spent lovely days in Mae Sariang area. The Karen hilltribe people live in the lush, green hill country located 4 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai.
The rain season has begun in Thailand. The Karen spend entire days working on the fields. During the day mostly old women sit on a porch their wooden houses. The time of festivals and holidays come in December.
From the blog of Positive Boomer who in turn re-posted from: Source: Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio ~
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
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