There’s Magic in the Holidays (Isn’t There?)

There’s Magic in the Holidays (Isn’t There?)

After the Holidays “After the holidays,” families say between October and December, puzzled/annoyed memory care professionals would think there could be any other answer. “There’s magic in the holidays,” memory care professionals say back, but never...
Supporting Your Caregiving Parent

Supporting Your Caregiving Parent

Question: “My dad (who's retired) is the primary caregiver. How can I help alleviate his stress (other than stepping in for him) and ensure that he can ‘keep it all together’ when I see how tough it is to take care of my mother?” --Member of the Dementia Sherpa tribe...
Is A Good Death Possible?

Is A Good Death Possible?

“Is such a thing even possible?” Mike asked when I told him I was working on an article about creating a good death. Once I told him more about what I meant, he was intrigued and suggested we talk about it on The Alzheimer’s Podcast. So…is a good death even...
Bloom Where You’re Planted

Bloom Where You’re Planted

My brother and I said the same thing when our parents asked what items we’d want after they passed: the smiling flower plaster figurine. The one that advises, “Let’s be happy while we’re here,” and has hung in the bathroom for as long as...