NEW: Documentaries, above, lists videos that I have found helpful – check them out if interested. The other day we had a conversation that startled me: J was remarking about some slacks that were no longer comfortable, so I suggested she go get all the slacks out of her closet and we’d sort through and … More The Two-Factor Problem, & the Trouble with Travel
It’s been a year since starting this blog. The first diagnosis of MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) was three and a half years ago, and six months after that the tests were consistent with early Alzheimer disease. So these past 3 years have been a very slow and gradual increase in memory problems and cognitive changes … More Dependence Day & the Mantra
The hummingbirds came to the feeders the next day, a month ago now, and have delighted us with their cheerful colors and zippy acrobatics. If I can figure out an effective squirrel barrier, I’d love to have more feeders out there – we both enjoy the show. Family members of both of us have wonderful … More Hummingbirds & The Slow Tsunami
A Good Week, and the List This week has been delightful – apparently, there IS a sweet spot or balance point with activities and rest which can result in a cheerful, relaxed period of time for both of us. I think we both suffer when there is too little scheduled, and also if there is … More A Good Week, and the List
Two and a half weeks have gone by since the last entry, and J seems to have taken to the M-W-F afternoons at the Respite group. There is far less stress and angst about attending, and so I am beginning to relax about it and assume it will actually happen, barring a holiday or a … More The Subtlest Loss is the Harshest
The less memory J has, the longer the day is for me. I don’t know how it is for her, since without memory it may be just the opposite, that “length of day” may not have any meaning at all. It’s amazing to realize how our sense of a day, or a life, is strung … More The Challenge of “Contented Involvement”
Last week’s visit to Respite program went quite well. J was very relaxed and cheerful when I came to pick her up – chatting with the other folks who were standing around getting coats and meeting drivers. Several times that evening she mentioned it, how nice it was, or asked me what it was she … More Up, Down, Up, Down….