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An announcement from The Art of Alzheimer’s

The Art of Alzheimer’s began as a celebration of my mother, Jean McFee Raichle. Living with mid-stage Alzheimer’s and devastated by the death of Robert, her husband and best friend of 72 years, she found solace in an Elderwise® painting class. While she hadn’t painted since childhood, her paintings were mesmerizing—enabling her to express her… Continue reading An announcement from The Art of Alzheimer’s

Photo of Jean McFee Raichle
Alzheimer's & Dementia, Thoughts

Distilled to her essence

Distilled to her essence.   As I reread my accounts of living in the moment with Mom, I am struck by her enduring sense of humor.  This is from August 6, 2014. She was 95, with late-stage Alzheimer’s and very, very funny. We sit down for our Scrabble game with my usual opening gambit.  … Continue reading Distilled to her essence

Relaxing at assisted living
Alzheimer's & Dementia, Thoughts

A relaxing, joyful visit to Assisted Living

When I am stressed, overworked and beset by deadlines of every kind, I head to Assisted Living and the comfort of real time. This tends to confound my friends who think that such a visit would only add to my stress, but I find it to be not only peaceful and relaxed but one of… Continue reading A relaxing, joyful visit to Assisted Living

Alzheimer's & Dementia, Blog, Caregiving, Thoughts

Staying connected

Recently I had had some disturbing conversations with some very good friends.  They were discussing their discomfort with a mother or father experiencing dementia. Equally disturbing, I was unable to give them comfort or hope and if not hope, at least a reason to continue to try. Her mind is gone There is no one… Continue reading Staying connected