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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

  This is my grandson George, a perfect role model demonstration as to how to relax and sleep! An appropriate introduction to my story. We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep. William Shakespeare From…
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THE GULLAH CULTURE

February is Black History month and at Memory Matters we have been celebrating its origins. On Tuesdays Volunteer Bob and I have emphasized the annual celebration of achievements by recognizing the central role that African Americans have played…
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DEMENTIA AND REALITY

Reality for the deeply forgetful is a reflection of what the person living with dementia thinks and believes. It is that new reality that you must focus on, not the way YOU think things are, or should be. Bob DeMarco: Alzheimer's Reading…
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THE 51st STATE OF THE UNION

Somedays are simply better than others!  When the sun shines in the Low Country on a warm winters day, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and our Club members smile and greet us (the Memory Matters Staff and Volunteers) around…

EVERY MINUTE COUNTS

I thought the photo of these lovely "Forget-Me-Not" flowers might be relevant to this post. “I’m shocked that people are not panicked about what this disease is going to do to the country or to their families.” -Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Professor…
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HOW TO EXERCISE THE BRAIN

“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” ― Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes This week I'm continuing the theme I started last week in writing about "Brain Fitness".  Remember, that 3lb little muscle that…
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BRAIN FITNESS

"Don't count the days, make the days count!" -Muhammed Ali Like many of you, one of my New Year's resolutions was to improve my fitness. Last year's frequent personal travel to Europe was not conducive to keeping fit or going to the gym,…
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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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LETTER FROM BRITAIN: CARE PARTNER EDUCATION

My wife Barbara and I are back again in England. This is because my Mother (Mum) rapidly deteriorated last Sunday and passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was a courageous woman and one of "The Greatest Generation". I would still like…

GLEN CAMPBELL: GENTLE ON MY MIND

In June 2011, Glen Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease six months earlier. According to his family, symptoms of the disease had been occurring for years, becoming more and more evident as the years progressed. Campbell…