Mom loved animals. At family gatherings, she always gravitated to my big dog Betty, ignoring the rest of us. “Yoo hoo," she would coo, content to sit on the couch, petting her and sharing secrets which the rest of us talked. It was the same when a dog visited supported living. All the residents would… Continue reading Finding friendship with robot cats
Mom loved to play the piano. And she taught each of us to play. Well, she tried. She succeeded with my elder sister Jeanne but the rest of us - not so much. with each one of us, the lessons became shorter and shorter until she had to admit defeat. But she did love to… Continue reading Silent Night
I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has donated to The Art of Alzheimer’s and our campaign to enrich and empower people living with dementia through art. Between donations made to the Generosity Campaign and those made directly to our website, we have raised $1400 and with the match, it’s $2800. And… Continue reading THANK YOU!!
If the stories you hear about Alzheimer’s and dementia fill you with sadness or dread, meet my mother Jean. Mom made me laugh – being with her was fun. She radiated good humor. With her perpetual smile, her standard answer to nearly everything was “Just Delightful.” True in the beginning, the inexorable advance of Alzheimer’s… Continue reading Laughing with Mom
People ask me - "What was your Mom like...before? I asked my brothers and sisters - there are five of us - that question. We paint a pretty similar picture. A natural leader, a dynamic positive, industrious, funny, competitive, devoted to family, stoic, giving, civic-minded, opinionated and a great baker. She was all those things… Continue reading Remembering Mom