FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
Talking Wise /
Yesterday, I had a conversation with my friend Richard
Taylor. The topics of our conversation were wide ranging
and I felt quite invigorated after we hung up the phone. This is
no great surprise as Richard is a retired college professor,
author and psychologist. Oh, did I mention that Richard is
also a person living with Alzheimer's disease? After recovering
from the shock of his diagnosis five years ago, Richard has
spent his time writing about Alzheimer's care and what it is
like to be living with the diagnosis. He is hoping to
improve communication, care and consideration between family and
professional caregivers and those for whom they care.
Richard told me about a time when he was talking with a
colleague who was relating the challenges she was having
communicating with her husband also living with Alzheimer's
disease. She must have taken Richard's words to heart
because after their conversation, she hurried out of the room
saying "Excuse me; I have to go home and love on my husband".
I guess once a teacher always a teacher.