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How A Man With Alzheimer's Proved Chivalry Is Not Dead

Marie Marley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed had been charming and chivalrous for as long as I had known him. One might have expected these qualities to disappear once he developed Alzheimer's, but the opposite occurred. He became even more charismatic than before.

One Man's Descent Into Alzheimer's -- Does Any of This Sound Familiar?

Marie Marley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I mentioned to him that he should put the coffee in the freezer (as he always did) and he asked me where the freezer was. When I told him it was in the kitchen, he didn't remember what a kitchen was.

Men With Alzheimer's Form Deep Bond

Marie Marley | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

They reminded me of two little girls sitting on a bench, dangling their legs while waiting for the school bus. I was delighted -- though dazed -- that Ed had made a friend, and so quickly at that.

My 3 Biggest Regrets As an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I struggled alone to find my way as a caregiver, to find solutions to what seemed like an endless parade of difficult issues.

Sometimes Forgetting Is a Blessing

Marie Marley | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I want to go home," Ed kept repeating plaintively to me and everyone who passed by during my visit the day of his move. He was sitting on a little padded bench outside his new room. He looked bewildered. I felt faint and terribly guilty.

Dementia Patient's Strange Request Foreshadows Tragedy

Marie Marley | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"Tomorrow?" he asked. "What do you have to do that's so important you can't come back until tomorrow?" I didn't know what to say. "Well, when do you want me to come back?" I finally asked. "Today!" "Okay," I said, playing along. "I'll come back today."