A mural by Twisp painter Ginger Reddington depicting harvest, river rapids, and history of the Leavenworth area was dedicated at a community garden in the Bavarian-themed village at the end of June. Reddington’s mural — 12 feet wide by 4 feet tall — is one of three works of art commissioned for the E. Lorene Young Community Garden. The […]
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 about the stages of AD has been an important tool for me …
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, like your glasses or your keys. For most people, these are signs of mild forgetfulness due to aging, not a serious memory problem.
Local artists coax beauty from fire
Sixteen artists who can harness the power of fire and heat to transform ordinary elements such as sand, metal and clay into unalloyed beauty are featured in Confluence Gallery’s new exhibit, “Fireworks: Clay, Glass, Metal.” The show, curated by ceramic artist Suzi Jennings, celebrates three-dimensional art and a degree of …
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
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 for. They may not understand exactly the details or what is wrong, but kids deserve to be involved and informed.
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
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
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 …
Conservancy book features local artists’ work
Copies of The Methow Out My Window, a limited-edition book featuring contributions by many local artists, photographers and writers, will be available in May through the Methow Conservancy. Proceeds from the book will support the Conservancy’s annual operating fund. Only 250 copies of the hand-made, 40-page book will be offered, at a cost of $250 […]