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September 12, 2018 Susan Elkin

Taking Ms A to the Wedding of the Year

Photograph credit: Eric Martinez Last Saturday our younger son married his lovely, tolerant, kind, long-term partner at Lewes Register Office (a very...

September 5, 2018 Susan Elkin

Salad days

Sixteen months on from diagnosis and Ms Alzheimer’s is unstoppably tightening her grip. Or to put that another way I can almost...

August 29, 2018 Susan Elkin

Making eye contact

If the brain is the conductor of the orchestral body (sorry – I’ve probably reviewed too many Proms lately) then of course...

August 22, 2018 Susan Elkin

Genetic after all?

When My Loved One was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s one of my first questions to the consultant was “Is it hereditary?” She...

August 15, 2018 Susan Elkin

A friend indeed

Twice a year a friend stays with us for a fortnight or so. Temporarily, we become a four person (sort of) household:...

August 8, 2018 Susan Elkin

Alzheimer’s admin

I don’t think it would have occurred to me until recently that being diagnosed with a serious, degenerative, ultimately terminal condition would...

August 1, 2018 Susan Elkin

Causes and cures

Last week I interviewed an exceptionally lovely theatre director. At the end of our discussion he turned the tables and began to...

July 25, 2018 Susan Elkin

Forgetting and Remembering

The Alzheimer’s Society logo is based on a forget-me-not and how very apt that is. It’s all too easy to shut Alzheimer’s...