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When the Mind Says Goodbye – Alzheimer’s Reading Room.

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When the Mind Says Goodbye is a thoroughly touching mini-video (less than 5 minutes long with beautiful music accompaniment) chronicling a married couple’s journey as best friends in early childhood, all the way through their marriage –  currently a more than 87 year-long relationship.

This couple, George and Adriana Cuevas, show us how a lack of words does not have to limit ones ability to relate to, and comfort, a loved one.  I hope you will take the time to observe this loving couple as they walk through the hallways of Adriana’s memory care unit, and as they sit side-by-side with only touch and eye contact as a communicator.

It seems to work for them.  How lovely that their marriage commitment lives on, even when the mind has already said goodbye.

Alzheimer’s Reading Room: Joy vs Grief.

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The attached article reflects the sentiments of Bob DeMarco, a son who took care of his mother Dotty for over 8 years during a difficult Alzheimer’s journey.  He rarely complained – which is stellar, but not required – and now a few weeks after her death, he’s falling back on the memories and finding joy amidst the grief.

Communicating in Alzheimer\’s World | Alzheimer\’s Reading Room

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Communicating in Alzheimer\’s World | Alzheimer\’s Reading Room.

One of the most frequent stresses I hear from those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is having to REPEATEDLY answer questions for which an answer has been given – numerous times.  This article provides some tips on communicating with someone who is literally not on the same wavelength as you.