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 […]

So I’ve Been “Running”

When I began Racing Alzheimer’s, my intent was to share the latest research on how to be healthy so that you and I could hopefully avoid or delay dementia down the road. I haven’t been very good at this. With my mother moving into late stage dementia, this blog became more about racing her Alzheimer’s […]

You Are Not Alone

There are more than 15 million dementia caregivers in this country and every single one can benefit from support of some kind.  Meals, errands, respite, support groups, and hugs to name a few. Alzheimer’s support groups can help a person feel like they’re not alone.   When I was in a group and heard a participant […]

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 […]

Bird Watching and Dementia: A Beautiful Idea

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.  ~ Bradley Millar My mother loves all animals.  As I watched my mother and father take in strays, rescue and care for injured or abandoned wildlife, and stop to assist various creatures off the […]

Gratitude: A Prayer Meditation

I’m going home for a week on Saturday, and I’m preparing for my trip by selecting two pair of shoes that will go with six different outfits and plow through slush and snow. I’m also mentally preparing for the changes in my mom that are sure to be evident, and for my ability to join […]

Keeping It Simple: An Alzheimer’s Prevention Diet

If ever there was a good excuse to eat unhealthy food, the Super Bowl would be it.  There were chicken wings, chili, cornbread muffins, and chips at my house.  Then my little Super Bowl party of two, (my husband and I), treated ourselves to a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra around half-time.  Note: […]

6 Reasons I Joined A Gym

I joined a gym!  My feelings about this are somewhere between excited and terrified, but I’m looking forward to getting started.  I never considered myself an “exerciser” until 2011 when I began running and working out on a somewhat regular basis.  I got into it pretty quickly and found myself exercising four to five days […]