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Oh, that smile…

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Compass & Clock Magazine. We are publishing it now in honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month.  By: Madeleine Fraley He was an amazing man who carried himself with tall and quiet dignity. Quickly, he would offer a gentle smile. He was smart, talented, energetic, passionate and loving. With a twinkle in his … Continue reading Oh, that smile…

The grief and loss of reciprocity

by Reed Henry, MA, LMHC, gerontologist  I met with a man this morning that had recently experienced the agony of placing his dear sweet wife in a specialized memory care facility. Walter and Emma* have been married 62 wonderful years and he loves her with all of his heart. My last two encounters with him have centered on his unhappiness with the care she has … Continue reading The grief and loss of reciprocity

For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

By Cheri Whitlock On January 9, 1988, my husband Jim and I spoke traditional vows of better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health, till death do us part. In our 30 years, we have shared all the normal ups and downs of married life. We moved across the country and bought a home, we had a miscarriage and dealt with infertility, we shared … Continue reading For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

Kathy Katz – Why I Walk

Kathy Katz and Tim Oshie have known each other for 29 years. Kathy met Tim through her late husband. “We actually met at my wedding,“ Kathy says. “Tim and my husband were really good friends in high school. Back in the day, Tim was a disc jockey and he deejayed our wedding for us. That was the first time that I met him.” Kathy and … Continue reading Kathy Katz – Why I Walk

Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Alzheimer’s disease impacts others besides those who’ve been diagnosed. Valerie Halvorson can attest to that. Valerie’s father was living in Pampa, Texas when he was diagnosed. At the time, Valerie was a teacher in Olympia. “I was 2,000 miles away,” Valerie says. “And though they would visit often, it was hard for me to tell really what was going on, and my mom didn’t want … Continue reading Valerie Halvorson: Why I Walk

Cherished Memories

By Laureen Skirvan “The long goodbye” is a term used when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. The goodbye begins when they start to fade away and lose their memory and ends when their body succumbs to the disease and they pass away. I am currently in the middle of this long goodbye with my mother, Rosalie. She was diagnosed last year with Alzheimer’s, but I … Continue reading Cherished Memories

Join the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

This fall, join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor. Register today for the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Continue reading Join the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Living Well with Alzheimer’s Disease

By Evan Curry Living with Alzheimer’s can be a daunting path for many people after receiving a diagnosis. Some people feel  embarrassed, some become fearful, others will try to ignore their disease and attempt to mask their symptoms entirely. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed emotionally after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. While everyone deals with this news differently, it is … Continue reading Living Well with Alzheimer’s Disease

Beautiful Mind

By Michael Kirtman He is my superhero Olympic level speed But his true super power Is his beautiful mind That mind ignited his rise from Gray, Louisiana To segregated Texas To the corner office That beautiful mind made him the first in his family to go to college A mind that tested out of every high-school except one A mind that led global marketing for … Continue reading Beautiful Mind

Why I Made a Video for Alzheimer’s Awareness

By Alex Britton Growing up, I watched Alzheimer’s disease impact the lives of my grandparents. I’ve seen how each stage affected not only their lives, but the lives of their loved ones as well. That’s why when the opportunity presented itself, I was honored to have a platform where I could share knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease with my peers. I am a current junior at … Continue reading Why I Made a Video for Alzheimer’s Awareness