It’s a funny thing, at least for people who are parents, how as you get older, the tables can turn. The child you watched over may now be doing the same to you, which can be rather disconcerting at times. Especially if your children are telling you that they don’t think your home is safe anymore and you are determined to stay in it as long as possible — the term used these days is aging in place.
The stigma of Alzheimer’s and dementia is strong, partly because of a lack of awareness and understanding about the disease. Sometimes it’s even strong in people dealing first-hand with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association has an equally strong opinion about why it’s important to fight stigma.
In winter’s past Maine has experienced winter storms that have left thousands without power. No power means many have probably either hooked up a portable generator or have one that automatically goes on when the power goes off. It’s so important to make sure a generator is used and vented properly to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
After cancer, Alzheimer’s disease is the second most feared disease in America. Right now, about 5.2 million people in this country are living with Alzheimer’s. Each year, the number grows. That’s because baby boomers continue to age and, in general, people are living longer.
In the midst of winter do you long for spring? As I write this, it’s a cold, but beautiful day. The sun is shining and the sky is mostly blue with wispy strands of clouds. The calm before the storm. For some, the promise of a significant snowfall is reason to rejoice. It means skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and building snow forts. Others dread the thought of the driveway, sidewalks, and roofs they’ll need to clear.