December 5, 2021
Hello, I’m back after a short break from writing! We were doing some minor house repairs that required moving furniture, and I didn’t have a good place where I could write. To my surprise, I now really understand the caution of editors who warn their writers to not stop writing…even if it’s just a few days! I suppose this advice is especially potent for someone like me, in regard to memory loss—to challenge myself to create habits and keep them. For me, the habits in consideration also include reading, walking, doing my cross stitching, and forcing myself to visit with family and close friends. My first thought when these opportunities arise is to back off, to not engage with others or challenge myself. But of course, when I do stretch…I always realize that it was good for me.
This evening we are going to our daughter and son-in-law’s for dinner. Our two grandsons and their significant others will also be there, as well as our granddaughter, who is home from college for Christmas break. It’s a frequent gathering of some of my most intimate family members, but still, I hesitate…knowing I could say something silly or irrelevant, or stew in the feeling of remaining totally silent because I have nothing to contribute. But of course, I will go. I need to see my family, to be with them, and to listen to their tales and trials. I am their Grandmother and they need to know that I love them, and that even though I struggle, I want to engage as much as possible, as long as possible.
Let’s call it, gently teaching them to be strong in the face of challenges.
Keith and I are continuing our participation in a study for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their partners. This time we are being asked to review study materials created to better identify what stage of memory loss a person has experienced. It is designed for the patient and the caregiver.
I am truly grateful for the people who have dedicated their lives to doing research in this area, and have no doubt at some point in time, a new discovery will be found that will be beneficial to all who are stricken by this horrendous disease.
And in closing, I wish each of you and your caregivers a peaceful New Year.