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The Daughter Dilemma

The Daughter Dilemma

When I was 36 years old, my brother-in-law called me to say that my father had called the police to his house. My father said that a gang of people had come in, propped the door open, and started hauling things out. The police arrived to find everything in good order...
Caring for the Caregiver in the Workplace

Caring for the Caregiver in the Workplace

On the fourth Tuesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. there’s a meeting on Colleen’s work calendar that she looks forward to. That’s when she hears stories of other people going through caregiving situations like she is, which helps her feel that she’s not alone. It’s...
A No-Brain Decision

A No-Brain Decision

It was literally a no-brain decision. When I learned of the Wisconsin Brain Donor Program in 2014, I signed up. Having participated in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) program, I know the importance of data mined from the over 1,500 adult...
Remembering Why on Mother’s Day

Remembering Why on Mother’s Day

My mother, Helen Paul, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the spring of 2001. My father called me earlier in the year saying she was having trouble completing her sentences – she could not remember the words she wanted to use. I made the 40-minute trip to visit and saw...