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Happy Birthday by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia This week would have been my dad's 71st birthday.  I like to think of him hosting a pint of beer up there in the Elsewhere Bar, buying a round for the newcomers, those ... Read on »
a Hidden Cost of Alzheimer's: almost a $million per family by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Here is a cost of Alzheimer's I've never heard discussed:  loss of Social Security income. I'm going to completely make up figures here. My dad retired, literally, ... Read on »
The flowers are few and far between by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia 7 years ago today, which in 2004 was the day after Father's Day, my dad got diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The aliens were stealing his brain, and I made my first post on ... Read on »
Father's Day without a Dad by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Once upon a time, I had a dad. Just like the title of this blog.  And yes, when I started the blog, my dad was still physically with me. But the second someone is diagnosed ... Read on »
Another award... by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Best Alzheimer's Blogs forensicscience.net Just won another award for this blog. Except that they think I'm a guy for some reason. Had a Dad : The impetus of t ... Read on »
$270 raised for Alzheimer's Association by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The final tally of how much I raised with my tag sale (and related donations) is $270.  That includes a $50 check a guy brought, and a few other cash-in-the-jar donations.  ... Read on »
Slow news day by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia You know it is a slow news day when they put ME on the front page of the paper, above the fold. The electronic link contains basically the same text as the print article, ... Read on »
there are no Alzheimer's survivors by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Last week I sent a brief email to the paper, telling them shamelessly how I am a top-ranked, syndicated, award-winning blogger about Alzheimer's and I'm having a huge tag sa ... Read on »
snowy interlude by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I wrote this during a blizzard, on my phone, in the middle of the night, this winter, and forgot all about it.  Discovered it last night. _________________________________ ... Read on »
Tag sale for Alzheimer's, and Walk to End Alzheimer's by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I've been unemployed for several years (a few temp jobs here and there).  I have no money to donate to Alzheimer's.  So I thought, why not donate other people's money (OPM)? ... Read on »
what is EARLY ONSET Alzheimer's? by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia It has really been bothering me lately that the media (fiction and news) have be misusing the term "early onset" in reference to Alzheimer's. Early-onset Alzheimer's is n ... Read on »
Unthinkable: the Alzheimer's Epidemic by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I received a Facebook message Monday about an Alzheimer's special Larry King and Dr. Drew talked about on Friday.  The actual special Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic a ... Read on »
1253 days by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My dad officially had Alzheimer's 1253 days. He was diagnosed on 6/21/2004 and he died on 11/26/2007. It's been 1253 days since he died (as of today, 05/02/2011). It' ... Read on »
MRSA, VRSA by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Wednesday I had a small red scrape or rash on my chest.  Yesterday I looked down and there were 2 more similar marks a few inches away and the first mark had gone all crusty ... Read on »
Sadness has seeds by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I had a dream about my dad early this morning.  In it, he had Alzheimer's, but not how he had it in real life.  He had literary Alzheimer's.  You know how characters in book ... Read on »
3 years gone by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia 3 years ago today, I got woken in the predawn hours with the call that my dad was on his way out, and he didn't live to see the light again. Yesterday we were playing the ... Read on »
Hi there by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The 3d anniversary of my dad's death is this week.  He's been gone almost as long as he had Alzheimer's. It's blunted now; I don't think about it as much, but when I do, the ... Read on »
syndication #3 and award by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My award is up.   And I am syndicated onto a third site , ehealth forum.  My link in the sidebar is going to the wrong forum, hopefully I can get the proper code. Read on »
Knowing is the worse part by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I have now bought a car without my dad.  It wasn't the first or last thing I'll do in life where I feel cheated, that he should have been involved.  I think the experience w ... Read on »
where do the things we love go after death? by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My beloved Pathfinder is going to the junkyard this week.  I've had it since Memorial Day weekend of 1994 and driven it a hair under 150,000 miles.  (It saddens me to think ... Read on »