On this program, Judy McClain Mauerman and her husband, Bill, share details about their their new life journey - living with memory loss. Judy has been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, typically the precursor to Alzheimer's disease, and the couple soon learned that this is a path they walk in tandem.
Judy and Bill express their desire to openly talk about what they are experiencing - individually and as a couple. Judy, known well for her positive, upbeat personality, says she continues to live by her motto: Pain is inevitable; Misery is optional, and Joy is a choice.
As a spouse and caregiver, Bill shares these tips: Join a support group for caregivers; Learn how to communicate with the person; Monitor medications; Write out instructions; Designate a place for important items (keys, etc.); Plan ahead - legal, financial, community resources, driving issues; learn to deal with emotions and stress; Attend the Crossing Bridges program by the Alzheimer's Alliance.
Danielle Thai, Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, joins the Mauerman's and describes the many programs the Alliance offers for those whose lives are impacted by Alzheimer's.
To support local programs, the public is invited to join in the Dane County Alzheimer's Walk, Saturday, September 29 at Warner Park. All dollars raised stay in Wisconsin. For more information go to www.alzwisc.org or call 608-232-3400/888-308-6251.