Don Reddington, whose courageous public efforts to bring more attention to Alzheimer’s disease were chronicled in the “Living With Alzheimer’s” publication in 2016, died on Tuesday morning (Oct. 2), his wife, Ginger said. “Don passed away peacefully at 10:08 a.m. today at Central Washington Hospital. His family was at his side,” Ginger said in an […]
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Dad-and-daughter road trip covers 1,300 miles by motorcycle By Don Nelson When the big doors opened at the Pybus Market in Wenatchee and the orange motorcycle and sidecar rolled in, Don Reddington was ready for his long ride to be over. “I’m home,” a grinning Reddington exulted as he climbed from the sidecar with the […]
Donni Reddington, the daughter of Don and Ginger Reddington, is planning a 10-day motorcycle trip around Washington state with her dad this summer to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, and she’s looking for help with expenses. Donni Reddington has created a gofundme.com account — www.gofundme.com/ride4alzheimers — to help support the trip. Don Reddington was the subject of “Living With […]
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 […]
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 are in denial about having the disease, or are trying to hide it.
Thanks for series Dear Editor: I want to add my voice to those who have spoken, and written, thanking you for the series on Alzheimer’s disease. It is so fitting and appropriate — and timely for all of your readers. It seems we all know someone in the throes of, or diagnosed with, this terrible disease. Hearing […]
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 needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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 about the stages of AD has been an important tool for me …
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, like your glasses or your keys. For most people, these are signs of mild forgetfulness due to aging, not a serious memory problem.
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).