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Entries by Joan Sutton from 11/2012

What Sandy Was Like for the Elderly

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Living

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Then Hurricane Sandy came, extinguishing all those lights as well as our own. For 48 hours we had no power, no phone, no water, and for 24 of those, I was marooned in an island of silence, alone with an elderly husband with Alzheimer's, and no elevator.

My Husband and I Now Speak in Silences

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Back when I was young and saw an old couple in a restaurant, sitting throughout a meal without apparently offering a word to each other, I used to think, "How awful." Now, many of those who know about my husband's Alzheimer's (AD) will ask me, "Do you have any conversation at all with him?" Well, that depends on how you define conversation.

Alzheimer's: The Rivers of My Memory

| Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada Living

Glen Campbell made our feet move, our hips sway, touched our hearts and made us smile with "Rhinestone Cowboy," and many more. Now, the rivers of his memory are receding. Glen Campbell has joined the list of millions diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

How Well Do You Know Your Own Mother

| Posted 11.29.2012 | Canada Living

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Just in front of every baby boomer, there is a parent. Or parents. Like me, on the brink of old age. Let us suppose that I am your mother. Chances are, when you ask me, "How are you Mom?" I will answer "Fine." Am I? Or am I in denial, protecting you from the truth, afraid to admit to my physical and mental lapses?