What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a brain disorder that wreaks havoc with stored memories, hinders new learning, and tampers with cognitive skills.

While getting older is a natural event, Alzheimer’s Disease is not.

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Early Symptoms

Understanding these early signs is essential for individuals and their loved ones to seek medical attention and support.



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Risks & Risk Reducers

Anyone who has seen the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease is motivated to keep an eye on risk factors. Having risk factors does not mean you will get Alzheimer’s Disease, but having those factors can increase the chances of dealing with dementia in later life.

Alzheimer’s Risk Reducers


Alzheimer’s Disease Information

How Alzheimer’s Effects the Brain

Alzheimer’s Disease information changes frequently. This page will undergo frequent changes as new information becomes available. For more information, check out the resources listed on the right.

Alzheimer’s Disease impacts one in nine Americans over the age of 65. It impacts one in three over the age of 85. 


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“To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.”
― Arne Garborg




Deb Richmond, Memory Collector, Author


    The characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease and early symptoms can appear similar to the typical growing older behaviors faced by many adults in their sixties, seventies, and eighties. Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, is known for its impact on memory, thinking, and behavior. Recognizing the early symptoms of

In recent years, research is showing a relationship between insulin resistance and the breakdown of neuron functionality in the brain. This brain/insulin connection has created the clinical research term “Type 3 Diabetes,” the newest name for Alzheimer’s Disease. I wondered how we got the name Alzheimer’s for this malady. Who

  What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s Disease is a brain disorder that wreaks havoc with stored memories, hinders new learning, and tampers with cognitive skills. While getting older is a natural event, Alzheimer’s Disease is not. The communication network in the brain is composed of a maddeningly complex system of

Caring for Older Adults

caregivers at nursing home

Caring for older adults, especially our parents, is a tricky business. At what point do our parents need assistance with their daily living routines? Should we ask older parents to let us know when they plan to take a day trip and report back to us when they return? What if Mom and Dad can no longer keep track of the daily pharmacy of medications? How much should we intervene when Mom’s vehicle slides off the road on a rainy day? What options are available when the four-bedroom house becomes more than they can care for? How do we distinguish between typical older adult forgettery and dementia? What is the difference between assisted living and a nursing home? Are there other options besides those two? Where can I find resources to help make decisions about the care of my parents? 

This is a place to find some answers and share your wisdom and ideas when it comes time to become a parent to your parents. On this page, you will find (eventually – I’m still building) information about the terms used in talking about caregiving, online resources for adult children with elder care responsibilities, information about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and housing options for older adults who can no longer care for their own needs safely.  Feel free to share in the comments section when you find additional resources or discover a strategy to make parenting a parent a little easier to manage. 



What should I call an old person?

What is the appropriate term to use when referring to people who are…well…not as young as they used to be? Hint – It’s not old person!

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Housing for Older adults

Today there are more housing options for older adults.

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What does that mean?

Terms and initials used in caregiving conversations (Coming soon)

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Front Porch Stories

Deb Richmond, author

I miss sitting on a front porch swing, greeting the farmer as he walks by, handing candy to trick-or-treaters whose eyes I recognize under the masks, waving to blond-haired toddlers hanging out the back of the Amish horse & buggy, and laughing with my neighbor trying to get the dog leash untangled from her legs. I miss knowing the people of my community and being known by them. 

This is a place to tell the stories of caregivers, growing older, being grandparents, and memories of days gone by.

memories of yesteryear and days pastWhen I was a kid…

Stories and nostalgia from days gone by…

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Information and resources for caregivers

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caregivers at nursing home

Alzheimer’s Information Page

Information on dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s

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staying healthy while growing oldI’m not a kid anymore

Resources for growing old gracefully

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Deb Richmond, Memory Collector, Author


About the Author


Deb Richmond is a retired middle school teacher. Her free time is spent trying not to grow old by biking, swimming, going to the gym, reading until napping overtakes, and wrestling with rowdy grandchildren. She loves talking to people who have lived in another era and is working to collect their amazing stories.


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