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Happy times can be had even with Alzheimer’s

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John, Nick & Chris in June 2019
John, Nick & Chris in June 2019

Even though John’s condition is deteriorating he perked up when he got this visit from his son, Nick and his girlfriend, Chris.

On days like today it’s difficult for me to realize this visit happened just a few months ago. Nick is not able to visit very frequently so it’s important for me to stay in touch. It’s difficult for both he and I to remember to make the calls or texts.

2019 John Ellsworth

On days like today it’s difficult for me to realize this visit happened just a few months ago. Nick is not able to visit very frequently so it’s important for me to stay in touch. It’s difficult for both he and I to remember to make the calls or texts.

At breakfast today I snapped this of my John. His eyes are not as clear blue as they were and I miss seeing him as lively. But he is still able to be with me every morning. I hold his hand and spend time, precious time with him.

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Music and Memory Walk

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My beloved John has just finished his first walk of 1 complete mile this year! It was a fund-raiser for this great program that allows Alzheimer’s patients to pre-load iPods with lots of favorite music from their youth. At the end stages of this disease, music is often found to be one way they can regain a bit of connection to this world.

I’m so thrilled that he was able to do this. His life was spent doing good for others and he still enjoys the outdoors.

Three years ago we spent a lot of time going through his music collection. He had CDs from Louis Armstrong to the Beatles. He added some Mozart and Schubert. So he has a wonderful eclectic playlist!

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2019 Music and Memory Walk

My Munsell exercises just had to wait till tomorrow!