In American life, we think we are most free when we don't need anybody. Exactly what Alzheimer's represents is absolute dependency - That's what we all need to learn - how deeply we need one another.
- Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, Philosopher
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang, Writer
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis, Author
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- A. A. Milne, Author (Winnie the Pooh)
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat . . .We must find each other.
- Mother Theresa, Saint
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
- Bil Keane, Cartoonist
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham, Dancer
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer, Missionary
All real living is meeting.
- Martin Buber, Philosopher
Memory Bridge Newsletter
06/23/09 - Hoping Skills: Why Alzheimer's Disease is not the End
Alzheimer's Story by Ted VanLandingham
As bad as being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s was, in the years since that time, there has been an eruption of positive steps on many levels. Not only politically but also medically, as well as in the area of public acceptance. These developments, by themselves, have made me feel more optimistic, but I am made even more hopeful by the mushrooming of research and new medications, e.g., Namenda, Razadyne, etc. At the risk of being too optimistic, I do believe that the United States can do anything, if we are adequately motivated.
I look at the immense positive impact of the treatments for polio, measles, and many other diseases, which were much like this newest medical threat, and see the same ending. Specifically, I believe that the United States, and other countries as well, will do it again, by developing treatments to ameliorate the impact of Alzheimer’s, and, in due time, an outright cure. Already, I see my progression to be slower than what my sister is experiencing, and light-years slower than what my mother had to endure. I am sure that there are now even more treatment modalities being researched and tested to address Alzheimer’s. One of these will someday soon significantly increase the likelihood of lessening the symptoms, and, in the final analysis, there will be a cure, it is just a matter of time.
I wish I could say that I am always upbeat and hopeful for a cure, but, in all honesty, I do have down times when I am not so optimistic that it will be in time for me. These moments do come, but not too often, and the more I hear about research initiatives, the more certain I am that a cure can, and will, happen. There are so many dedicated and compassionate people in the form of spouses, family, medical personnel, researchers, etc., that will combine to create an environment which will assure a cure. It is not a question of whether it will happen, it is just a matter of time.