CNN on Driving and Dementia

with Sandy Halperin

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Sandy_H_091514_CNN_feature_drivingHere is more about Sandy and his story with CNN

What are your thoughts about driving and dementia? We would love to hear from you.  In fact, tomorrow is Open Mic on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio if you would like to call in or use the chat box to talk with us.

Check out a two hour special we did on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio on the topic of driving and dementia.  We had Doctors, Insurance specialists, people diagnosed with dementia and their care partners all having a lively discussion about driving and dementia.  Several people reached out to me after this airing saying their minds were forever changed that day.  Learn about the ideas shared on how to handle this touchy subject.

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The Treasure of Letters

By: Michelle Remold

I don’t think that anything can take the place of a handwritten letter. When I was in college, I loved getting letters from family and friends. In fact, at that time I had a shoe box of assorted stationary, so that I could write letters.

I actually keep every letter that has been sent to me. I have always kept them thinking that one day I would go back and read them. Honestly though, as soon as I get I a letter or card and respond to them, they all get tossed in the same box and I rarely think about them. Today however I was taking out my fall/winter clothes from the back of my closet and had to move a fairly large box which contained all of my stationary and the stacks of letters and cards I have received over the years.

I finished swapping out my clothes, the entire time thinking about the box. I decided to dive into it. If nothing else it would be nice to reminisce. The first half of the cards and letters were mailed to me while at the University of Northern Iowa. 21st birthday cards, letters that were pages long from friends, and numerous thinking of you cards.

I soon found some old birthday cards, which included the last birthday card from before my grandpa passed away. I then found the letters from my great-grandma. During my freshmen year at UNI, I decided to start writing letters to my great-grandma a couple times a month. I did it just so she would receive some mail, but soon I started to get letters back. My great-grandma couldn’t see well enough to write, but would have someone else write me back and she would sign every letter and each one would say in her handwriting “P.S. Thank you for writing and do come visit when you are home.”

I think everyone enjoys getting letters. We would always send postcards to my grandpa when he has in the nursing home and we were on vacations. I have to say that there is much more sentimental value behind them as well. While it takes time to type an email, I think writing a letter takes a little more effort.

As I put away the letters, I pulled out the things I hadn’t before. Old pictures, newspaper articles, and lastly my great-grandma’s Lefse recipe. I wish that I had valued these things sooner, as I would have many more things with my grandpa’s writing on them. The letters I have now are priceless and I treasure each one. And the shoe box I mentioned at the beginning, I now have a box twice that with just blank cards and stationary in it and I still take the time to send letters over a quick email.

??????????????????????????????? Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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Learning To Say Good Bye

There are so many levels and forms of “Good Bye.”  Most of us don’t realize the full extent of the process until it’s our turn to walk the path.  It may be a child leaving for kindergarten or college, a divorce, a decline in health or the ultimate… a death.  Even though I have ventured down each of these paths before, every time it is new and fresh with lessons to be learned.memom

Since my Mothers passing in February, I have gone through the typical ups an downs of my grief and loss.  Missing her is something that I really can’t even put into words.  i will be doing fine and then the next thing I know something triggers a strong memory.  It could be a smell, a picture, a phrase someone says or even a faint voice I hear on occasion and I would swear she is right next to me.  Her presence still feels so close.

In the past few weeks a new decision was put before my family.

What to do with my parents beautiful lake home.

lake 1The decision was far from easy.  Although my brothers and I now own it together, our lifestyles are very different.  Not everyone lives in the same state and so the logistics for using the cabin became uneven.  Each with our own busy life and trying to maintain our own homes, adding a another into the equation complicated things to say the least. Seeing eye to eye on fiscal responsibilities and life philosophies can be difficult in a family. The past couple of weeks have been painful for us all, but the decision to sell seemed to be the only real option.

Going through and staging the home for sale I cleaned, and packed and tossed and cried.  I prayed for clarity and peace in my heart as my soul aches over the decision.  When I would  sit to rest, my eyes would scan over all the belongings…

The old ugly glass lamps which my mother loved have now become so precious to me.  My fathers recliner that comforts me as I try to relax.  Moms loon collection and glassware which is more than any one person could ever use… The simple scents of old perfume, the feel of dads tools in my hand.  It’s amazing how we look at things differently once someone is no longer physically in our lives.

The end of a era so wonderful and filled with joy.  The emotions  are embedded in my body.  When I cry, not only do tears come, but at times my stomach twists, turns and aches in pain over the loss of them.  Yet when I laugh and remember the times of joy.  My emotions are just as strong; making me smile, laugh boldly and even tears of love and hope and joy will stream down my face.

It is all up to God and the universe to lay out the future and what is to be.  All we can do is make the best decisions with the information we have at the time, and let go. And then let go again and again.

The worrying does us no good but to make us spin in doubt.  We all must move forward as difficult as it is and live our lives – fulfill our missions and walk our own paths.

mom and dad weddingI am so grateful to have had such wonderful parents who filled my heart with love and compassion.  Both excellent teachers and leaders in their own way.  May they understand how difficult it is for us to let go of the cabin.  May they appreciate how we all feel their home deserves a wonderful family who will care for it the way they did. A family who will have the time, money and energy to maintain the home in a loving fashion.  A family who will love it and share it with their friends and family, creating beautiful moments of joy, that will one day be truly appreciated at a soul level.

If the cabin is meant to sell it will…

if not, well I guess we still have lessons to learn.

May you each process your own loss in all the various forms it comes in.  May you find peace within your journey and blessings in the lessons you have learned.  May you find the ability to share openly your emotions with others, so you can fully release the pain you feel.

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090914_DC_Harry_Dena_Eilon_LoriToday we talked  about the phrase “Living Well With Dementia,” with Harry Urban and Dena Dotson.  It was a very interesting conversation.  I personally use this phrase for some of my events and so the insights from Dena and Harry were very important to hear.  Eilon Caspi also joined us and added great value.

Last, I want to thank our participants for their enriching comments too!  As they say it takes a village!

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