Monthly Archives: November 2013

Living with Alzheimer’s Chapter Two

Travelling down the Alzheimer’s road is not a direct journey from point A to point B. It’s a tangle of back roads filled with twists, turns and valleys. In the valleys, there are mazes. The patient gets stuck in those mazes, sometimes for minutes or hours before they find an exit. Sometimes there is no exit, and that particular maze is one the patient is doomed to keep running around in, confused and frightened, until the time comes when they quit searching for a way out. Continue reading

Living with Alzheimer’s Chapter One

At the age of 55, my husband had managed a busy recreation complex for 26 years, had 80+ staff and a budget of millions, so when he started exhibiting some memory problems I thought the stress of coping with constant staff issues, the public, and annual budgets that were becoming tighter and tighter, was getting to him. A good rest should solve it. Continue reading

Living with Alzheimer’s Disease, Introduction

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age. The majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, but up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s, which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. My husband is one of those with early onset Alzheimer’s. Continue reading