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Putting a Young Face on an Old Disease

Putting a Young Face on an Old Disease

Ashley Tracey was in middle school when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “He was the spitfire of the family,” she remembers. “He was the one who would give you a wet willy when you were playing cards to try to distract you.” Although they didn’t...
Memory Cafés Serve Comfort & Laughter to Community

Memory Cafés Serve Comfort & Laughter to Community

It’s been 12 years since Alzheimer’s disease ended my mother’s time on earth. I miss her every day, and there is comfort in the words of Morrie Schwartz (Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom), “As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had,...
1500 Points of Light

1500 Points of Light

Before movies, we looked to the sky for stories. In the cast of constellations, we knew of relationships, pursuits, and transformations. We could tell when it was time to plant, which direction to travel, and what hardships may lie ahead. In the northern hemisphere,...
Who Cares for the Caregiver?

Who Cares for the Caregiver?

By Jean Wentz, Production Assistant November is National Family Caregivers Month, with the theme focusing on respite. I’m a caregiver one day a week for Colette Kolstad, a woman in the advanced stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s. She celebrated her 67th birthday last...