If you take care of someone with Alzheimer's (or expect you will in the future), take note: A new study from the icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that Vitamin E may slow the functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. By "functional decline" the researchers are referring to problems with daily living, such as preparing meals, planning, shopping and traveling.The researchers found that Vitamin E delayed the progression of the decline by 19% per year. That's about 6.2 months benefit!...more
September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease deserves the global attention. It is a complex global disease involving much more than mere memory decline. Closer to home, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is among the top 10 diseases in the in the US that cannot be prevented, reversed, or cured....more
As I put the hot oil treatment on my head, the smell envelopes me. I am transported back to my parents' bedroom and the bottle of Aramis cologne that sat by my father's sink. It is the same smell. I go and buy a bottle of Aramis I put a dab on my father's red flannel shirt that I have kept all these years. I breathe in deeply, and I cry....more
Exactly Where She Needs to Be Right Now . . .
This week has been a week to accept the reality of “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”. WOW. Be careful is the truth. All the times I have wished for a day or a night to be alone with Phil; to not have mom there with us all the time. The reality of this has come back to bite me. Hard.
Mom spent this past week in the hospital recovering from the stroke and heart attack. This afternoon she transferred to a rehabilitation/nursing hom...more