Like and Follows

John Ratliff is already missing his daughter who is away in a special NY State camp for talented musicians. His new blog tells it all........... Likes and Follows For many years I have  avoided social media like the plague, but recently…

Moments that become Memories

One day a gentleman came to the Memory Matters front door and introduced himself to us. John Ratliff explained that both he and his 13-year-old daughter Amélie played musical instruments and would be delighted to play and entertain our…
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BACK HOME AGAIN

May I wish everyone a Happy and healthy New Year! One of my many New Year's resolutions is to avoid any trips to Europe in 2017! Readers of these chronicles will have counted six trips last year and, simply put, Barbara and I are happy…
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BACK FROM BRITAIN:THE CARE PARTNER

For what seemed like an eternity I was "locked up" in England, not in the Tower of London with the Ravens, but in my Mum's new world. A world of severe physical illness, disability and the insidious loss of short term memory. After several…
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A LETTER FROM BRITAIN: DENIAL

I'm staying in England for a few weeks with the intention of helping my 94 year old  "Mum" to transition from a lengthy stay in hospital back to her own home. Sadly, this is the second time this year that my Mother has been through this…
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CHILDREN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Children can, and do, make a difference to the lives of many. This was clearly evidenced yesterday when two children (Brody aged almost nine (!) and his sister Connor aged seven) spent the morning helping our Program Director Melissa…
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SOCIAL DAY CARE

Last week was no different to any other week. The Program Directors namely, Cathee, Karen and Melissa, with support from Ashley, worked tirelessly to organize and lead the programs. As a volunteer I sometimes wonder how they manage to achieve…
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SOMEONE I ONCE KNEW

A week ago this volunteer was speaking to one of the Participants in our Connections program while enjoying a sunny interlude in our  beautiful courtyard garden. It was just a normal conversation with someone who has early symptoms of  Alzheimer's.…