This was NOT the plan

I came to Minneapolis to assist my parents after my father’s ankle surgery.  But when I leave on Saturday, my mother will be living in an Assisted Living Home. This was NOT the plan.  The plan was to help my parents, get my mom set up on a ride service to and from her Senior […]

Our Nation (Finally!) Has a Plan To Fight Alzheimer’s!

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death, killing more Americans each year than breast and prostate cancer combined.  Yet in 2011, the National Institutes of Health spent over 6 billion dollars on cancer research and less than 480 million on Alzheimer’s research. Thankfully, Alzheimer’s is finally getting the attention — and research funding […]

Alzheimer’s — Not Afraid to Love

I live far away from my parents and I’ll admit, I need to mentally prepare myself to be with them . . . especially my mom when I visit.  My mom is not my mom anymore. It’s like a stranger is inhabiting my mother’s body — except my mother’s body doesn’t look like mom anymore […]

Mom: A Brief Biography

My mother, Ruth Joanne Hall was born 1937 in Wadena, Minnesota. She was the oldest of three children born into a middle-class family. She had in many ways an idyllic childhood — along with a successful father and nurturing mother, she was a Girl Scout, had a paper route, sang in the church choir and […]

Minneapolis Bound: May 2012

Minneapolis Lake with skyline in the background

I am overwhelmed by your response and support of my blog launch one week ago, and I want to say a heartfelt — THANK YOU. Now that the 10K is behind me, I look forward to writing about things like how eating less sugar, drinking more coffee and being conscientious can lower your risk of […]

The Stages of Alzheimer’s and My Mom

Narrated by David Hyde Pierce from Frasier, the clear and concise video below has helped me understand the approximate stage of Alzheimer’s my mom is in.   The brain function descriptions without all the medical gobbly goop is as refreshing as it is educational. It’s obvious that my mom’s Alzheimer’s is progressing along the described […]

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

What’s Alzheimer’s?  It had to happen sooner or later, so it may as well be now.  This is dry stuff, but it’s short and to the point. Stick with me. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Derived from Latin, dementia literally means “without mind”. There are static forms of dementia caused by […]

Run a 10K . . . CHECK!

The 10K almost took me out this morning, but I persevered and came down the stretch under my goal time with a 1:08:45 finish. I have never been more grateful for a finish line. Things were humming along pretty smoothly until I hit mile 5 and the thought of walking started creeping in on me. […]