Baby Boomer Memories. Let’s Play, “When I Was a Kid…”

May 13, 2014
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I’m a baby boomer who grew up in a rural farming town in the middle of Minnesota.  My family consisted of a mom and dad, two older sisters and a succession of black Labradors all named either Candy or Princess. Everyone has stories — both good and bad — about their childhood.  Here are a […]

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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need Support and Understanding, Not Attitude

May 6, 2014
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A few months ago, I attended a memory loss conference and encountered what I refer to as an “Alpha Alzheimer’s Caregiver.”  I’ll call her Deborah. Deborah is the type of women who who brims with confidence, seems to have all the answers and uses every opportunity to share her own personal experience and opinions.  Deborah […]

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Still Alice, a Moving Novel and Soon a Movie

May 1, 2014
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There are hundreds and hundreds of books on the topic of the Alzheimer’s disease, the brain and brain health.  But there are few novels that feature the disease as its central plot. One single novel stands out. Still Alice is the best-selling book written by first-time author Lisa Genova, a Harvard-educated neuroscientist.  Published in 2009, […]

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Divorce, Moving On and Ex-Spouse Day. BlogHer, Thanks for the Shout-Out!

April 29, 2014
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Yesterday was Ex-Spouse Day.  Who knew?  Not me, that is for certain.  Thankfully, I am on very good terms with my own FH (former husband) which is a big relief after enduring several years of a contentious separation and divorce. I guess the fact that I don’t think much about my divorce actually says quite […]

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The Sexes and Alzheimer’s Disease: Why Do More Women Develop the Disease?

April 24, 2014
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Recently, I turned on the radio in my car and heard the last few minutes of an MPR All Things Considered segment about Alzheimer’s disease.  A few days later I googled the subject matter and found this MPR link to the audio and an accompanying online story. Take a few minutes to read or listen […]

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Alzheimer’s Association Releases its 2014 Facts, Figures and Video

April 22, 2014
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The Alzheimer’s Association annually releases the latest facts and figures about the disease.  In case you have not seen it yet, I’m posting their 2014 video, which will take you less than two minutes to view.  As usual, the video is incredibly moving. In my view, the Alzheimer’s Association is the thought leader for bringing […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease and the Early-Onset Colombian Connection

April 14, 2014
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I’m a huge fan of the CBS news show Sunday Morning.  It’s 90 minutes of quality programming that I look forward to every week. This week’s Sunday Morning cover story was about Alzheimer’s disease.  Titled, How One Family May Raise Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients, it was reported by Mo Rocca, one of the my favorite […]

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Caregiver Quandry: What to Buy for Mother’s Day When Mom Has Alzheimer’s Disease?

April 9, 2014
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Mother’s Day, always the second Sunday in May in the U.S., falls on May 11th this year.  This means you have a little more than a month to pick out that perfect piece of jewelry or perhaps the ideal perfume.  It’s estimated Americans will spend upwards of $2.6 billions on Mother’s Day flowers and an […]

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Could Identical Twins Help Unlock the Mystery of Alzheimer’s?

April 7, 2014
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There is the saying in the Alzheimer’s community, If you met one person with Alzheimer’s disease, then you have met one person with Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, the disease seems to follow no one path and affects everyone differently.  However, a recent comparison of identical twins may debunk this conventional thinking. Part of a […]

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Alzheimer’s Tool Kit for Caregivers. Cool Graphic With Tips and Ideas for Caregivers

March 26, 2014
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If you’re caring for someone with dementia symptoms you’ll already be aware of the complex challenges it presents. People with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are affected by a range of symptoms, including memory loss, difficulty communicating, changes in mood, agitation, depression, physical issues and so much more. These symptoms are not just difficult […]

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In Spite of MNSure Website Massive Fail, I Now Have Obamacare Health Coverage

March 24, 2014
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On Friday, with the help of two highly capable individuals from the Minnesota legislature, I was finally able to obtain my affordable medical coverage.  Their assistance and follow through is most appreciated. After five long months, I was finally able cross MNsure off my to-do list.  Those of you who read Dating Dementia may remember […]

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Obamacare Made Me Cry. My Five-Month Quest for Health Care Coverage

March 19, 2014
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Post Update: Thanks to some helpful staff of the Minnesota State Legislature, I am happy to report I now have my health care policy in place and retroactive to the beginning of 2014.  I do not like to use my blog and social media platform for this purpose, but I felt I was out of […]

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Minnesota. Welcome to the Land of Whether

March 19, 2014
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Recently, I was walking around Lake Calhoun under a spring sun.  Huge puddles of melting snow were everywhere and the temperature felt balmy.  Sure, the lake was still frozen, but the possibility of spring was in the air. Last night, it snowed.  Again. Welcome to Minnesota, or what I like to call, the “Land of […]

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Sheryl Sandberg: When it Comes to Bossy, Let’s Own It, Not Ban It

March 16, 2014
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Dear Sheryl, You really know how to get a national conversation going. Overall, I’m an admirer of yours.  However, when it comes to this whole “Ban Bossy” business, I’m not really on board.  In fact, this time you may have leaned in just a little too far. Yes, the “Ban Bossy” campaign that was unveiled […]

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New Test Can Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

March 13, 2014
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Last night I had trouble getting to sleep.  Tossing and turning, I attempted to clear my thoughts, but my brain had other ideas.  My mind was on an instant replay loop: A new study reveals researchers have developed a blood test that will predict if a healthy person — someone with no symptoms — is […]

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What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?

March 11, 2014
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About eight years ago my mom began to demonstrate personality changes and memory issues.  Mummy, as we affectionately called her, was repeating herself, having difficulty communicating and had begun hoarding — plastic bags, Kleenex, pennies and even little pats of butter. Looking for answers, my sister took Mummy to see her family doctor, calling ahead […]

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Study Reveals Alzheimer’s a “Sleeping Giant.” Now Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

March 7, 2014
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A new study about death and Alzheimer’s disease made headlines yesterday.  It revealed what all of us in the Alzheimer’s community already knew: Alzheimer’s disease is a “sleeping giant” and it is dramatically under-reported as the cause of death, especially in older Americans. The study, published in the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

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What’s Cookin’ on Fat Tuesday? Hot Cakes. March 4 Is Also International Pancake Day

March 2, 2014
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Tuesday, March 4th is Fat Tuesday.  It’s also International Pancake Day.  Will you be marking the occasion? I’m planning on whipping up a batch of flapjacks and enjoying them with a side of scrambled eggs and some hot coffee.  I like my cakes made with traditional batter and topped with butter and real maple syrup. […]

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Thank You Seth and Lauren Rogen. Now We Need Others to Tell Their Alzheimer’s Stories

March 1, 2014
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Mr. Rogen went to Washington. I’m referring, of course, to the actor and comedian Seth Rogen, who was invited to Capitol Hill to speak to a Senate about Alzheimer’s disease.  He made headlines.  First, he delivered moving/funny remarks and he called out the need for more money to combat this devastating disease.  Later, he also […]

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Combining Efforts for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Research

February 18, 2014
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Collaboration.  When people and organizations work together for good, great things can happen. That’s why I was so excited to read recently in USA Today that three foundations have teamed together to search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The article, written by Karen Weintraub and published on Feb 5 outlines how […]

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Bloggers, Don’t Do What I Did. Pay Attention When Selecting Images and Make Sure You Have Permission to Use Them

February 9, 2014

*Tree of Life image created by Marian Osher ©2001 and now used with her permission. It was last November.  I was writing a post about my mother’s final days on this earth. Mom had battled Alzheimer’s for more than eight years, and her sad, long journey was almost at an end. The image I chose […]

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Florida is Just a Balmy Dream, Welcome Back to Minnesota and Reality

January 30, 2014
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I just returned from eight days in Southern Florida, where the palm trees were swaying, the sun was shining and the water was sparkling.  My sister and I strolled on the beaches on Sanibel Island and ate lunch at the very tip of Captiva.  I walked every single day and loved every single minute. When […]

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A Modern Dilemma: Can Society Require Adult Children to Visit Aging Parents?

January 24, 2014
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When my mom was still alive, my sister and I often visited her in assisted living and later in memory care.  Many times, we would be the only outside visitor. In fact, there were many residents whose family didn’t visit them.  Sitting hour-after-hour in the lobby, these aging seniors would watch the front entrance intently.  […]

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Midlife Bloggers Want a Seat at the Table

January 21, 2014
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It is that time of year again.  Almost daily, I receive an invitation or update in my inbox about upcoming blogging conferences.  Since I started blogging three years ago, I’ve attended my share of blog events, from small gatherings with only a handful of attendees to huge conferences with thousands of bloggers from far-flung locations. […]

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Contact Congress and Use Your Voice to Pass Additional Alzheimer’s Funding

January 16, 2014
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Update on this post: Congress passed the funding. The wheels of Alzheimer’s research and support seem to move slowly.  However, there is hopefully a bright spot that was brought to my attention by the Alzheimer’s Association earlier this week. Congress is currently debating the 2014 fiscal budget and the latest funding bill, which has received […]

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To Clean or Not to Clean: The Winter Vehicle

January 14, 2014
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Last week, I did something stupid.  I had my car washed.  Less than a day later my white Camry hybrid was completely filthy again.  The outside looked as though it hadn’t been cleaned off in many a year.  Inside, the pricey, molded floor mats were again a melty sea of gravel, dirty slush and salt […]

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Vocabulario Veirnes Takes a Stand on the Oxford Comma Conundrum

January 10, 2014
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Some grammarians love it, while many others believe it is superfluous, outmoded and should be relegated to the last century. France, Italy, Russia, Australia and Spain don’t use it.  Neither does Norway.  We are bitterly divided on its use in the United States. Educators, writers and editors bicker about it endlessly, but never reach a […]

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Happy Holidays from Verizon

December 16, 2013
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I am very pleased to report that three winners were randomly picked for the Verizon products.  They are Robyn Elkinton, Dorothy Turner and Sherri Kuhn.  Congratulations to all!! Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.  And, as you can tell by the picture, he is dressed in his traditional Verizon-red holiday garb.  However, even the […]

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Win an Ellipsis 7, a Mini Jambox or a Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation from Verizon

December 12, 2013

Verizon has done it again.  I’m doing my final online giveaway as part of the Verizon Boomer Voices program.  The giveaway consists of three totally cool items, and I want all of them. Sadly, I must give them away.  To you.  Or, whoever are the lucky winners.  The odds are great, and so are the […]

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Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 3 Has Already Sold More Than 10 Million Units

December 11, 2013

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. If you are looking for a super-sized phone, one that is on steroids with lots of options, then look no further than the […]

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The Big Purse Meets Its Match

December 11, 2013
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Recently, I was scrambling through my black purse.  The one I bought at Macy’s late last year — for a small fortune.  It’s actually more than a purse.  It’s a handbag made of fine leather with a name you would recognize emblazoned on the the side.  It was on sale, of course, but still the […]

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Do You Ever Ask Yourself: What Can I Do to End Alzheimer’s Disease? Here’s the Answer

December 4, 2013

Many of you know my mother died on November 26 after having Alzheimer’s for more than eight years.  She died by inches.  As I have written previously, my mom’s leaving this world was a long, protracted journey that took everything from her and also exacted a great toll on her small family left behind. My […]

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What Can I Tell You About My Mother?

December 1, 2013

People have emailed me wanting to know more about my mother, Helen Katherine Finnie Ogle, who died last week after living with Alzheimer’s for eight years.  Here is a little about her childhood. In 1920, she was born in northwestern Iowa, the last of five siblings and the first to be born in a hospital.  […]

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The End of the Journey

November 26, 2013
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My mom reached the end of her time on earth at 3 pm today. Rest In Peace: Helen Katherine Finnie Ogle. Born December 31, 1920 – Died November 26, 2013

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My Mother’s Last Days: Waiting for Death

November 25, 2013
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Death comes in its own time and I am not good at waiting. I’ve realized I can only sit by a bedside for so long before I must be up doing something.  Like my mother, who is at the end-of-life, I am a doer.  I’ve had lots of people staying in my house and there […]

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End-of-Life Choices: The Hospice Miracle

November 25, 2013
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My mother continues to deteriorate.  She stopped eating five days ago and is taking very little water.  There is little to do but wait.  In between, we field emails, phone calls, texts and the stream of hospice people. Someone from hospice is here almost daily. I cannot begin to convey my appreciation for this wonderful […]

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It’s Messy Coming Into This World and It is Messy Leaving

November 23, 2013
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One week ago. I wake with a start.  It’s dark and quiet.  Too quiet.  I leap out of bed and cross the hall to where my mother is sleeping.  Is this the end?  Is she still alive?  I gingerly reach out to touch her arm.  It is cool to the touch.  Her mouth is open. […]

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Planning for Your Own Funeral

November 22, 2013
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Today, when I was looking for a document among my mom’s files, I came across a small piece of note paper. In my mom’s scratchy handwriting, she had written: “When I die, contact the VFW. I’ve been a member for 62 years and have a $1,000 life insurance policy.”  The note is is signed, Mom […]

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Leaving This World. Wait, Not So Fast. Everyone Together on Turkey Day First

November 20, 2013

My father died 14 years ago today.  I had a hunch Mummy might pick this day to make her exit, but it appears today will not be the day.  She is not ready.  There are people coming to see her. My sister called this morning — the one who lives in California.  She’s flying in […]

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The Last Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

November 19, 2013
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When my sister and I brought my Mummy home to my house last week, she was still able to walk with the aid of a walker, say a few words, eat and experience some basic interactions.  We both sensed Mummy was happy to be at my home and she looked relaxed for the first time […]

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