Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

My grandmother visited me for a week in 1996 when she had moderate dementia.  To ease the burden of having one caregiver, my grandma traveled between her three children’s homes and would stay for up to four months at a time at each place.  My home was a stop-over one year as she went from […]

An Invitation To Walk, Raise Money, and Help End Alzheimer’s

Racing Alzheimer’s has a Team and needs Team Members! Save the date and join me for the 2013 Shenandoah Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s!   Event Details The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. WHEN:  Saturday, September 28th (Rain […]

Mom’s Remembrance

It’s been a very long two weeks, but I am back home in Virginia and wanted to post something for friends and family since my mother’s passing on July 6th. The service, mom’s “Celebration of Life” was a beautiful tribute to a life well lived.  There were flowers and hymns, prayers and poems, a slideshow, […]

2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures Report

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Facts & Figures Report came out yesterday.  It’s not good.  Unlike other disease with decreasing numbers that are being managed or cured, Alzheimer’s disease has growing numbers without a cure or the ability to manage the disease. Quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to get into what we need to […]

If It’s Not Alzheimer’s, What Is It?

A jumbled up puzzle

In “Mom Update: February 2013” I wrote about how quickly mom’s disease is progressing and how it might be something in addition to or instead of Alzheimer’s disease. Oh we’ve been calling it Alzheimer’s disease, but the truth is — we don’t know what mom has.  Mom had an MRI in 2006 that ruled out […]

A Pacemaker For The Brain?

A “pacemaker for the brain” to help slow Alzheimer’s and retrieve memories is all over the news right now.  Researchers used Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on a man back in 2003 that seemed to unlock old memories.  This led them to think about the memory loss in an Alzheimer’s brain, and if this method could […]

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know?

The National Institute on Aging, part of the NIH has just published a 24-page booklet about Alzheimer’s disease — what it is, prevention strategies and what we can do to help fight this disease.   It’s a general overview that’s easy to read for those of you who may be in your own race. Preventing Alzheimer’s […]

10 Ways To Keep Your Brain Sharp

When I read or hear news confirming the possibility of preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s I am renewed with hope!  The idea that my future can be influenced by the choices I make today is pretty powerful and it helps me stay the course of being an Alzheimer’s Warrior. That’s why I love this recent article […]