The Music Inside

We are such stuff as music is made of. We are composed of vibrations; of waves of energy that ebb and flow, and particles that leap and jiggle. A few years ago, social worker Dan Cohen discovered that music could unlock the minds of shut down, depressed and inert alzheimers and dementia patients, (mostly people…

Aliceheimer’s

Aliceheimer’s is a poetic little book about a daughter looking after an aged mother with alzheimer’s. Alice has a memory like swiss cheese.  But her daughter Dana Walrath doesn’t focus on the loss.  Instead she sees her mother as having special powers such as the ability to speak to dead people, to time travel and…

Only Love Remains

We all return to love at the end. A hospice volunteer told me recently that every patient, no matter how angry, dissolves into love in the days or weeks before they pass.  Watching the haunting but beautiful movie ‘Still Alice’ and listening to Krista Tippett discussing Alzheimer’s with psychologist Alan Dienstag, I wonder if alzheimers…

Sniff Sniff..

When I first met Laura she had a terrible sense of smell.  It worried me a bit. Diminishing sense of smell can be an early indicator for Alzheimer’s.  But since Laura has been on the Gerson diet, her nose is now so sensitive it’s like a super power.  If I so much as pull a…