Dad Update

  Greetings friends and family.  I shared last month that my dad has terminal cancer, and then I sort of left you hanging — so here’s a quick update. Dad continues to decline, but he is one tough guy.  His hospice nurse thought he had “less than a week” over a week ago and he […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

It Is What It Is: Pat Summitt – Accepting Reality, Finding Peace.

My brother-in-law shared this inspirational video of Pat Summitt, who recently retired as Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, due to her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Now I’m not a basketball fan, and I don’t know much about Pat Summit other than what I’ve just learned, but I like her. As you’ll see […]

Calgary Couple Rises Above Early-Onset Dementia

I stumbled across this short video of a dear couple in Canada who are living with early-onset dementia.  The husband was diagnosed in 2008, and his wife is his caregiver.  The wife’s gentle spirit is so beautiful.  And the two of them together make me feel like I’m witnessing love of the highest order.