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Merrci is the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Contributor on Squidoo

merrciToday, we’re happy to introduce you to Merrci. She’s our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Contributor on Squidoo.

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.

When she isn’t at Squidoo, you can find Merrci at the following places online:
Alzheimer’s HQ
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Squids on Facebook

Merrci invites you to stop by and share a review at her Sharpen Your Mind, Review a Book of Brain Games.

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://LifeInOut.com/ Susan Deppner

    Alzheimer’s is such a scary topic to even think about. I truly appreciate your very positive, though honest, first-hand point of view, Merrci.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Thanks Susan for your always kind remarks!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    Thanks Robin!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      My pleasure!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Colin323 Colin323

    A very important topic and I’m really pleased it has a special slot on Squidoo, and particularly so with Merrci’s personal commitment to the subject.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Thank you Colin!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DeniseMcGill DeniseMcGill

    I’ve had a little experience with the topic from my grandfather and some friends. It is a scary topic but there are, as you say, some funny moments. Looking forward to reading all you have to give us on the subject.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Thanks Denise! Laughter sure help you through it.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/nancycarol nancycarol

    Merrci, Alzheimer’s is an extremely frightening thing. It’s my hope that someday they’ll find a way to prevent it, so that folks can continue to function effectively. I can’t imagine being in your situation and my heart goes out to you and your Mom.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Thank you Nancy. Every so often I hear of new drugs that seem successful. Hopefully before long they’ll find an effective one!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/CherylFay CherylFay

    I understand completely. My Mom has dementia. It’s hard to visit with her sometimes. She repeats a lot and gets her details all mixed up. She still knows me so I’m glad for that; only a few times she’s talked to me as I was someone else. It’s hard to go through. I always get a little worried she’ll tell me something that nobody knows since her memory is not the best but I take it all in stride. If I question anything I ask my older siblings. I’m the one in charge with my Mom. Good luck Merrci. This is a great topic for you.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Ha! I know what you mean Cheryl. Mom doesn’t talk much, but every so often one of the other residences will share TMI! Good luck and blessings to you too. I’d love for you to write something about it too.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sylvestermouse Sylvestermouse

    This is such an important niche! I think just about everyone I know has a loved one who has Alzheimers. It is such a difficult disease for everyone to watch. We all feel so very helpless. I do have to say, however, there is nothing more wonderful in life than having awesome parents and the memories of a great childhood. It helps, I think, to know how truly fabulous they were when they had a choice.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      It’s true. Most of them have had wonderful lives. It really helps to focus on that! Thanks Sylvestermouse.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Hats off to you, Merrci, for taking on this Squidoo Contributor niche while deep in it personally. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are horrors only those going through them can truly know. However, we all know enough about these dreaded diseases to know it is imperative that we be passionate about learning all we can to prevent and prolong, while hoping and praying a major breakthrough toward a cure occurs.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Thanks Ruthi for all of the above! Hopefully a preventative treatment will be available in the next few years.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Deborah-Diane Deborah-Diane

    Thank you for this wonderful interview. It is well deserved and the information is really interesting.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

      Thank you Deborah Diane, and for posting on your niche site!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kismo kismo

    Alzheimers can be caused by heavy metals being ingested throughout life and gradually stored in the brain which causes brain fog as we grow older that can develop into Alzheimers after years. We should therefore try to regularly chelate ourselves of heavy metals, try to have amalgam fillings removed, get heavy metal-free vaccinations wherever possible however I know that some people’s genetics and dna can make it more difficult to detoxify metals from the brain.

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