Breakfast with Bopie

Before 78. Happy and healthy. 165 pounds. A creature of habit, waking every morning at 7:30 to walk his two pugs, Jesse and Bruzer, as the inviting sun rises over the Florida beaches. The man I am describing is an enigma – the simplest, yet most complex being I have ever had the privilege of … Continue reading Breakfast with Bopie

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Macon yoga and dance classes help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

 Jane Donahue remembers the day her husband got lost on a walk. "It terrified me," she said. Fearing he would wander off again, Donahue contacted the Alzheimer's Association office in Macon to see about getting a tracking device. The couple now comes back to the Central Georgia Regional Office on Mulberry Street a few times … Continue reading Macon yoga and dance classes help Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

This is our Thanksgiving. It’s not perfect, but it is precious

When a loved one has dementia, you lose so much. In fact, sometimes, it seems that every day, every encounter is just one loss after another. Visits with mom are best when we are doing something: looking at photo albums, walking around the mall, working in the yard. Sitting around and making conversation doesn’t go … Continue reading This is our Thanksgiving. It’s not perfect, but it is precious

Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Phil and Kim Wilson have been happily married for seven years. Their home in Rome, Georgia is recognizable for its well-tended garden, ablaze with vibrant colors. Kim's children live nearby along with her grandchildren - 3 boys: Mason, Oliver and Dexter. Phil and Kim have a close-knit family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, … Continue reading Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

My mother-in-law’s diagnosis of dementia forever changed the lives of everyone in our family. I remember sitting with my husband in a row of metal chairs along the hallway in the medical facility while she was being examined by a geriatric neurologist. It seemed to take an eternity. Finally the doctor emerged from the scan … Continue reading Guest Post: Accepting a Diagnosis of Dementia

Framing a Masterpiece

In 2002 while serving as the Executive Director of a Nursing Home in Tennessee, I was asked by our Regional Vice President to add some decorative art to the hallways of this 203-bed nursing home. In response, I asked our Activities Director to initiate a painting class for the residents. She was reluctant at first, … Continue reading Framing a Masterpiece

The Butterfly Bush

One rainy afternoon I was visiting Mother at the nursing home. She has severe dementia, and our conversations are mostly one­ sided. I talk about my girls and events in which they and their children are involved. I talk about going to church and to choir practice. Five minutes later I can tell the same story. She doesn't … Continue reading The Butterfly Bush

Veterans Affairs Proposes Changes

Last week Elder Law Attorney Victoria Collier visited with the Programs staff of the Georgia Chapter to give us an update about the proposed changes to the VA benefit that most of us know as "Aid & Attendance." To say that Veteran's benefits are complex is an understatement. We regularly refer families and individuals to those … Continue reading Veterans Affairs Proposes Changes

The World of Dementia, According to Eunice and Don (2)

Hi! Since my last blog my husband Don and I have begun an eight week Early Memory Loss class at Emory. It is designed to provide both care partners and diagnosed persons with encouragement, enhanced communication skills, information and peer support. It is doing just that. I’ve met another set of scared, yet brave people … Continue reading The World of Dementia, According to Eunice and Don (2)

We Have Now

Faithful readers may have noticed there’s been a lot more talk of goodlifery than homesteading lately. There’s a good reason. Two reasons, actually. My Mom and Dad. Both are battling their own long-term illnesses, and I feel fortunate that my sisters and I are able to look after them. While caregiving can be all-consuming, I … Continue reading We Have Now