Mother Nature…Mother Nurture

The leaves of memory seemed to makeA mournful rustling in the dark.~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I am losing my mother in pieces. She is like an autumn tree: beautiful, colorful, and dying. The breeze of Alzheimer’s whispers through the branches while her memory drops off with the leaves. One day, when her tree is finally bare, I will hold a memory of her blooming strength. She … Continue reading Mother Nature…Mother Nurture

Finding Community with Dementia-Friendly Walking Groups

In 2017, when my husband, Steve, started getting lost in our house, I realized it was time for the next step in our Alzheimer’s journey—a move from Seattle to a retirement community in Vancouver. That move, to be closer to my son and daughter-in-law in Portland, meant the loss of our former support community. That community had changed over the years following Steve’s diagnosis. While … Continue reading Finding Community with Dementia-Friendly Walking Groups