|Spending Some Unplanned Time in the Country
We are staying in a small cabin in Cross Roads while our bathrooms are being remodeled. Since both of our bathrooms are connected to our bedrooms, we thought it would be easier to be out of the house for the week it takes to remodel them. Of course, the one week to remodel has become two weeks. I think that is to be expected with any remodeling project. Nancy Howell is doing an excellent job of helping us with this remodel. She was great with design and helping keep everything on track. I can't wait to see the finished product.
We are enjoying being out in the country. I was washing dishes the other day and two horses ran by the window. It made me smile. I never understood why people wanted a window over the kitchen sink, but it makes sense in this cabin. I like looking out into the woods while I wash dishes. We have also enjoyed taking walks in the evening. It is peaceful out there and feels cooler because of the shade.
Read more about Leigh's time in the country on her blog.
Helping Families with the Costs of Dementia
The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as, “a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.”
Dementia is not actually a specified disease. Instead, it describes a general decline in memory or other cognitive skills and is identified through a variety of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. In order to be characterized as dementia, at least two of the following mental functions must be significantly impaired: visual perception; reasoning and judgment; memory; communication and language; or ability to focus and pay attention. Dementia is not a normal part of aging as the terms “senility" or "senile dementia” infer. If a loved one is having trouble with any two or more of these mental functions, it’s a good idea to get it checked by a doctor. Dementia is progressive and typically takes over the mental functions over time. In this way, it provides the individual and the family with time to plan for its disastrous effects.
To learn more about the costs of dementia, please visit our blog.
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