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On Improving the Lives of Romanian Orphans

Stefania Magidson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Stefania Magidson

For those who are called to make a quiet, but profound and long-term difference in the world, Blue Heron has given them the opportunity to be part of such a community. Let's get others excited about uplifting humanity, in no matter how small or quiet a way, but always with sincerity and joy in our hearts.

How I Dealt With My Contentious Loved One With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.29.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I loved Ed, but I just didn't think I could tolerate it anymore. Yet, I couldn't possibly end our relationship, either. First, because I loved him too much. Second, it would have been morally reprehensible. He couldn't have gotten along on his own for even one day.

The Day I Realized I Wasn't American

Iulia Gulia | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Iulia Gulia

I was in 5th grade when I realized I wasn't American. Not that I hadn't had some awareness of that fact from an early age. I mean, when you're 10 and can articulate the basic premises of communism, you start to understand that maybe you're not exactly from the land of Twinkies.

Loss and Mourning in Aida Zilelian's The Legacy of Lost Things

Christopher Atamian | Posted 04.28.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

What ensues is a tragic and powerful tale of love and hate, tragedy and rebirth. Zilelian's prose is lyrical at times, but for the most part she crafts a purposely flat realism that perfectly complements her subject matter.

Two Men With Dementia Become Life-Long Friends

Marie Marley | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I remember reading somewhere that people with Alzheimer's enjoy being with others like them. The following story clearly illustrates that.

November 17th - Romanians and Czechs Choose Democracy

Olena Kagui | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

"A minor miracle occurred yesterday," wrote Frank Fischer in an email on November 17th, "(it) marked a significant victory for democracy and justice in Romania's long march from the end of the Communist regime."

Alzheimer's Journal - Come Back Early Today

Marie Marley | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner, had Alzheimer's for the last seven years of our 30-year relationship and was living at Cincinnati's Alois Alzhei...

An Alzheimer's Journal: 'I Want to Go Home'

Marie Marley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Even though he had forgotten about the move, the sound of his voice asking to go home reverberated in my head and troubled me for days.

A Tender Alzheimer's Love Story

Marie Marley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, had Alzheimer's. And I knew I'd never be able to accept it. It was so bad I couldn't have a meaningful two-way exchange with him. He couldn't advise me about my problems or praise me for my successes as he'd always done.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

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.

Bring Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

The thing to remember is that people with Alzheimer's live only in the present. If you understand that you won't be disappointed when they shunt the present aside. The main thing is to bring them pleasure in the moment and that's what a wrapped gift usually does.

How I Am Coping With Mild Cognitive Impairment

Marie Marley | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I'm going to talk about how I am coping with the problems this impairment is causing and how I feel about having the disorder.

3 Ways Abuse Changed Me for the Better

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

My life history has resulted in me being very sensitive to others who are and/or were mistreated by parents, spouses or others. I can feel the pain of these people and am more understanding when they exhibit negative features, such as losing their tempers easily.

Just Who Was This Romanian, Edward Theodoru, Any Way?

Marie Marley | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed came here from Romania in his mid-50s as a penniless political refugee fleeing the brutal communist regime. All they would let him take out of the country was $100, one suitcase and the clothes on his back.

Why You Should Visit Loved Ones With Alzheimer's -- Even if They Don't Recognize You

Marie Marley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was speaking at an Alzheimer's family support group recently. A man there told me that he visited his wife with advanced-stage dementia nearly every day, even though she didn't recognize him as her husband. He learned early on, however, that she knew when he'd missed a day.

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Murder, Necrophilia Suspect: 'I've Lost My Mind' | David Lohr | Posted 09.09.2013 | Crime

A man who allegedly killed a Romanian teenager, had sex with her corpse and then dumped her body, was arrested in Italy. During a weekend press con...

The 5 Most Controversial Decisions Alzheimer's Caregivers Will Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening, I was deeply immersed in editing the photographs I'd taken at the Cincinnati Zoo that day when I was startled by the phone ringing. I thought it was probably Ed, my Romanian life partner and soul mate. But it wasn't.

5 Things to Never Say to a Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"Oh," I countered, picking up the family photo again and holding it out for her to see. "You just told me you have a daughter. Here she is."

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.

Can People With Alzheimer's Still Enjoy Life?

Marie Marley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Among the general public, Alzheimer's is typically considered a horrible, cruel and devastating disease that destroys its "victims," one that robs them of their very humanity.

What It Feels Like to Have Alzheimer's -- And Why We Need to Know

Marie Marley | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I have to admit almost all have focused on the caregiver. We can feel contentedness, pride and joy. We can also feel sadness and loneliness. The list goes on and on. But how does the person with dementia feel?

Bringing Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's: The Little Beep Game

Marie Marley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Just seeing him smile and hearing him laugh had become more than enough to make up for losing our previous relationship. My heart had changed forever. Our love had endured, even despite Alzheimer's -- the last and most daunting obstacle it would ever face.

Would You Divorce Your Partner If He Developed Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 05.09.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years, was continuing to decline slowly and was becoming ever more difficult to get along with. I was at the end of my rope. I really was.