Monthly Archives: December 2013

And The Winners Are

Many thanks to all who submitted comments on the blog posts I’ve written to date concerning an intimate look at living with Alzheimer’s Disease. The winners of the giveaway of two copies of Escape were drawn by Bill from his Bravehearts’ Dragon Boat hat. Kind of fitting, I think.

Congratulations to:

Jean Marie Carlson

8123-112B Street, Delta, B.C.  V4C 5A9


Carrie Bridges

Box 738, Quathiaski Cove, B.C. V0P 1N0

If you want to follow our journey down this challenging road, just keep coming to my website and click on ‘blog’. I’ll try to get new posts up about once a week, usually on the weekend.



Living With Alzheimer’s, Chapter Four

“I’m feeling lost and sad.” Bill’s words as he collapsed into a chair in the living room, took off his glasses, and wiped his eyes. We had begun the annual process of turning the house and yard into a Christmas scene. But finding the boxes of decorations and the outside lights we had stashed in the shop after last year’s celebrations was a no-go for him. So was finding the tree. Trying to put a light-up snowman in a window had ended in frustration, with cords strung all over the place and the snowman still not lighting up. I knew that actually hanging the outdoor lights and figuring out how the big tree goes together would be totally out of his range. Continue reading




Win a copy of Escape

After you have read one or more installments of my blog, please do post your comments by Friday, Dec. 13th. Just click on ‘leave a reply’, which appears at the bottom of the blog text, and a screen will pop up allowing you to comment. On December 14th, I’ll select two people who have posted comments (names put in a hat and drawn) and send you free copies of Escape before Christmas. You will then have time to read it yourself, and pass it on to someone you know will enjoy it for Christmas. I would suggest you don’t lend it though, because you will not likely get it back.

Living With Alzheimer’s Disease, Chapter Three

When any disease is diagnosed, questions come up. What treatment is availabe? How will a particular treatment affect me? Are there alternatives? What is the prognosis? Not life-threatening, life-threatening, or fatal? If it’s fatal, how long do I have to live? How can I mitigate the pain?

Those questions are tough enough to deal with on their own when someone is dealing with a new diagnosis of illness. But with some diseases, another element enters the picture. The element of shame. Dementia is often among those. Many Alzheimer’s patients cannot admit they have the disease. Those who can, often feel they cannot tell anyone else. They try to hide the fact from everyone they know. Some are very good at discovering cover-up strategies that actually work, for a while. Continue reading