Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
My niche, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, is a serious topic but one I like to lighten up. Too often these days I say “It is what it is.” But that sums it up. Once someone has Alzheimer’s there isn’t much you can do about it. It may be possible to slow it down, and hopefully there will be further advancements toward a cure soon, but for now one can only learn to live with it. Personally I prefer to do that with laughter.
On the other hand, there may be steps we can take to either delay or prevent ourselves and our family from a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. That is of huge interest now with so many baby boomers reaching retirement age. So I hope to focus more on that in the coming months. It’s important and urgent. It’s something we should start now. Still, Mom is in the last stage of the disease, so I can’t resist spending time on where we’re at now.
Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
It definitely wasn’t love at first sight! I suppose it started when Mom was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but it wasn’t until my father died that it become close up and personal. Mom didn’t want to be in her room, so we would spend time in the main living room with the other residents. The more time I spent the more I got to know most of them, and the more attached I got to all of them. Being there, talking to them, getting them a cup of coffee is a joy to me now. They are Mom’s friends and mine too.
Who had the most influence in your life?
I would have to say my parents. We had such a good childhood. Sure it had it’s moments, but all in all, it was so normal. Both Mom and Dad both had a great sense of humor. They worked hard, lived pretty frugally, loved God, and loved each other and us. They also gave us a love of books, and the confidence to do our best.
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