Monday, June 25, 2012


An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease (2011). This figure includes 5.2 million people aged 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have familial or early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Groundbreaking vaccine that could cut cases of Alzheimer's disease by half has been discovered.

The jab developed by scientists in Sweden could delay the onset of the debilitating illness and be the first step towards finding a cure.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and attacks nerves, brain cells and neurotransmitters that carry messages to and from the brain.

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In an accompanying article, Thomas Wisniewski from the New York School of Medicine wrote: 'Development of an immunotherapy that can delay Alzheimer’s disease onset by five years would reduce the prevalence of the disease by half.
'This new vaccine comes as a promising addition to what will probably be a long road to the ultimate successful immunotherapy.'

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Monday, June 18, 2012


Just a quick word about my readership. I appreciate the feedback I'm getting and it's nice to know I'm able to reach out to readers in the U.K., Russia, Germany and several other countries. Thanks so much. I would love for you to drop me an email or comment about your experience with this horrible disease.

We finally got the disability straightened out. If you're wondering if I sat on the deck all day to make sure Alan didn't intercept this mailing, oh yeah I did. I sat right there in the sun until the U.P.S. truck drove up.

This week I've faced another situation. Alan has a couple of chores he's supposed to do regularly. Loading, starting and unloading the dishwasher is one of them. Here's the problem…he forgets he's already washed them, so he turns the dishwasher on again and again. Now there's a horrible build-up of minerals all over the silverware, utensils and dishes. So today I'm soaking everything in vinegar water to remove the stuff. I suppose everything will be bright and shiny for a few days until we have to do it again.

One of the biggest problems is trying to find things that have disappeared. He seems to be better at hiding things than I am at finding them. For two weeks now we've looked for his wallet. It had all his I.D. in it. So where is it? Nobody knows.

This morning Alan walked in….all of sudden he got this horrified look on his face. "I think I'm supposed to be at work this morning."

I explained the situation to him. Twenty minutes later he walked in again. "I think I'm supposed to be at work this morning."

Anyone who reads my blog knows I believe I must keep on laughing to maintain my sanity. But this was just one of those days when I couldn't find a damned thing funny. I did the only thing that would help at this point. Days like this are why God made Chocolate.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The SSI stopped, I expected life to improve financially. With the end of SSI, Alan's food stamps disappeared. Also, the medicaid stopped. I was told his first disability payment would arrive as a PAPER check around May 20th. He would then receive his next payment on the third of June.

I inquired when his medicaid card would arrive. The lady told me "Oh, that won't start for 24 months." I was stunned.

"I was told he would automatically receive medicaid when his disability started!" I told the lady.

"He will but it won't start for 24 months," she said.
I questioned, "IT'S GONNA BE TWO YEARS?"
"No," she said, "24 months."

I tried to keep from laughing. I could see this lady and I were not on the same page and pleading my case was going to be an exercise in futility. Since I always try to see the "up side" of things, I decided to be grateful the government is apparently hiring the handicapped.

If you're caring for someone with alzheimer's disease, you've come to realize that things disappear, never to be seen again. So I watched the mail like a bulldog to make sure every piece got into MY hands. And I watched. And I watched. And that paper check never came.

Finally on the 4th of June, I called. "His direct express card was sent on April 1." I was told.

I went on a search of the house. Nothing. To make a long story short, about 30 minutes AFTER they cancelled the card, Alan said "Is this Direct Express thing what you're looking for?"

There it was in all it's cancelled glory, folded up in the sheet of paper it came on and with coffee rings on it. He had been using it as a coaster.

I was told they would expedite another card. I never saw it, although, when tracked, it showed it had been delivered by U.P.S. the day after it was sent.

I looked everywhere to see where he might have hidden it. I searched pockets of dirty and clean clothes, in drawers, under his mattress. Nothing. Could it be in his wallet? Who knows...he's lost it.

So they have now sent the third card. Will it come today? I'm sure it will. Will I be alert enough to beat Alan to it? I hope so. I'm thinking about sleeping on the front deck to wait all day for the U.P.S. man.

Every time I cook, it's like a continual Easter egg hunt for pots, pans, and utensils. Nothing is EVER in the same place twice nor in the proper place.

I've been playing this hide and seek game for two years now. Oh excuse me, not two years…that would be 24 months.