Navigating the Comedy and Tragedy of Alzheimer’s Disease
Last year, my sister and I became caretakers of our mother who was diagnosed six years earlier (at age 66) with Alzheimer’s Disease. One day, as I was driving to see her in her latest care facility, I began singing a song about her. It was then that it came to me that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease has all the makings of a Broadway musical*. So, for the sake of my continued sanity, and just in case someone who matters in the theater world happens upon this blog, here it is – Alzheimer’s the Musical!
*A web search did bring up a show that appears to have taken place in Australia with the same title.
My mom has always insisted that she cannot carry a tune. She loved to sing, but would restrain herself around others because she didn’t want to embarrass herself. My sister and I have fond memories of her singing and dancing around the living room to some of her favorite records, be it one of literally… Read more
I know that there is a hereditary component to Alzheimer’s Disease. However, sometimes I think it is like an airborne virus that can be caught just by being in proximity. We all have a lot going on and so many details to remember in our busy lives, so we do forget things here and there.… Read more
My mom always had a large collection of purses. She and my dad traveled a lot and she was often in search of the best travel purse. Then, she would pick up purses in their different destinations or on the cruise ships. When we first moved her from her house, we brought a few of… Read more
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