I took early retirement a few years ago to spend more time with my partner who is 20+ years older. Shortly after that, we moved down to the coast to be closer to friends and family. This move proved to be especially daunting as I realized something was happening to J’s ability to cope with the little tasks involved – change the utilities over, for example.

Then, as we settled in to the new community, I noticed that she could not remember the names of the people we met, nor where they lived, no matter how many times we met them. We went for a formal evaluation with a neurologist that winter, and heard the diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), which  a year later qualified as early Alzheimer’s disease.

I started to read everything I could find, and especially appreciated The 36-Hour Day (Mace) and Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows (Hoblitzelle). I joined a weekly support group for caregivers, making some dear friends who are going on a similar trek.

Recently I found some blogs on WordPress which have been most helpful – Welcome to Dementialand, My Sweet Peanut, and Alzheimer’s Wife among them. I hope that blogging about my particular caregiving journey will be useful to others, as other’s blogs have been such a light in the window for me.

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  1. I’m on a similar journey, friend. My wife of 54 years is slowly diminishing, forgetting things; grandchildren’s names, histories of events with lifelong friends, etc. I also blog, as a survival mechanism, I guess. I’m sure you understand. I’m at http://www.leagueofgrey.wordpress.com. My blog is a little more… … …’academic’ I guess. Maybe its because I’m trying to avoid the pain. My shrink will tell me, I’m sure.
    Let’s stay in touch.


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