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Living With Alzheimer’s
Still time to support Reddington Project

Still time to support Reddington Project

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of many people, the fundraising drive to support publication of Living With Alzheimer’s: the Don Reddington Project has generated impressive support. The Methow Valley News plans to publish a magazine-style compilation of the eight articles that Don wrote for the newspaper last year about facing Alzheimer’s and its implications, plus an...
Chapter 8: Reflections on  the project

Chapter 8: Reflections on the project

About one year ago Dr. Raleigh Bowden and I began discussing writing a book about what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). I have been educating myself about Alzheimer’s and talking openly with people about the disease since I received my diagnosis in early 2014. I have found that a lot of people...
Chapter 7: Caring for the person with Alzheimer’s

Chapter 7: Caring for the person with Alzheimer’s

I have Alzheimer’s disease. And while I don’t require a lot of help from my wife, Ginger, now, I know that in time I am going to need help doing lots of things I am used to doing for myself. I will need the help of many caregivers, and I hope they understand the special...
Chapter 6: Facing the stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Chapter 6: Facing the stages of Alzheimer’s disease

After Jerry Bristol and, several years later, I received the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), we both met with Dr. Raleigh Bowden, a volunteer physician who helps people with health and end-of-life issues. We asked what we should expect in each stage of AD, so that we and our families could plan for the future. Learning...
Chapter 5: Is it more than ‘just getting old’? Diagnosis and acceptance of Alzheimer’s

Chapter 5: Is it more than ‘just getting old’? Diagnosis and acceptance of Alzheimer’s

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, you may notice that it takes longer to learn new things; you don’t remember information as well as you once did; or you can’t remember where you put things,...
Chapter 4: Sharing physical and social activities

Chapter 4: Sharing physical and social activities

In Chapter 2, “Possible preventative strategies,” Jerry Bristol and I indicated the importance of physical and social activities. With the help of Dr. Raleigh Bowden, we learned about putting together activities that we hope will help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Chapter 3: Explaining Alzheimer’s to Children

Chapter 3: Explaining Alzheimer’s to Children

If you have a parent, a family member, or a close friend who has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it affects you as much as it affects the patient. It also has an impact on children. Explaining AD in a way that children can understand is difficult. Kids notice a lot more than adults give them credit...
Chapter 2: Possible preventative strategies

Chapter 2: Possible preventative strategies

Lifestyle choices related to diet, vitamin supplements and exercise have reduced the risk of many diseases. Could they also slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease? Research studies to identify factors that affect the risk of AD are …
Chapter 1: Issues with communication

Chapter 1: Issues with communication

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia affecting older people. Much has been written about Alzheimer’s, and much of it is available on the Internet. This series is not intended to provide clinical expertise on the disease, rather a personal perspective from the patient’s point of view.
Living with Alzheimer’s, from the patient’s viewpoint

Living with Alzheimer’s, from the patient’s viewpoint

By Laurelle Walsh
Don Reddington is a man with a mission: to help people learn about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the patient, their family and the community. In collaboration with co-author Raleigh Bowden, Reddington is embarking on a series of columns …