The Accidental Caregiver…#4

The Accidental Caregiver…#4

Cheerleaders often get a bad rap.  By definition, cheerleading is an intense physical activity based on organized routines, containing elements of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheer and stunting…in order to direct spectators of events to cheer for sports teams at games.  I...
The Accidental Caregiver…#3

The Accidental Caregiver…#3

When you live with someone who has Alzheimer’s…and that person is your parent…there’s an inevitable thought in your head.  Sometimes this thought strikes unexpectedly, other times you spend hours scouring the internet for information.  “How likely am I to get...
The Accidental Caregiver…#2

The Accidental Caregiver…#2

Stubborn.  I’ve always known I was genetically programmed with this trait from my earliest hours of life.  Coming from a strong Calvinistic background, I attributed this character flaw to some sort of predetermined course, an assignment I could not refuse. Not true,...
The Accidental Caregiver…#1

The Accidental Caregiver…#1

Finally getting away, alone, with my husband of 14 months I reflect on our whirlwind year.  I am catching my breath as we sit down for a nearly five-hour flight, sinking back into the airplane seat and smiling.  The flight attendant hands out some documents to fill...
The Other Face of Alzheimer’s

The Other Face of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association held their annual luncheon in Denver yesterday, and it was an awesome display of encouragement, solid support, frustration at the toll the disease is taking, and a push to keep strong to fight the fight against this disease. At the...