Alzheimer’s is a Rough Journey

I’m Tracie, and I spent well over a decade journeying through the world of Alzheimer’s with my parents.  Along the way, I became passionate about sharing information with others just beginning their own journey.

It is a rough journey, with many unexpected twists and turns.  It’s nothing like what most of us imagined for our future.  Most families end up navigating the journey alone – guarding the diagnosis, keeping the secret, and stumbling through the process.

Winding road
Unexpected twists and turns

On this blog, I hope to connect with others who may be dreading what the next day will bring but are too exhausted and afraid to think beyond the present.  My goals are to share the journey, educate, and offer encouragement.

I have recently written a book, Dancing Around the Chaosall about Mom and Dad’s Alzheimer’s experience.  It was a hard story to tell; it’s the real story, including parts that may be hard to hear, but it’s also a sweet love story, a precious gift that we may have missed had we not been on this Alz journey with them.  The link below will take you to the book on the Amazon site.

Dancing Around the Chaos

I plan to publish one post per week and will regularly add news articles, book recommendations, and so forth.  Subscribe below to receive updates from me as the blog grows into what I hope will bring encouragement to many.  When you subscribe, I’ll send Chapter 2 from Dancing Around the Chaos to you.

I hope you’ll share this blog with your friends and family!

Thank you for spending time here,



Detours, Roadblocks and Adjustments

Unexpected News The news stunned us.  We didn’t plan for this; we had other things to do. Instead of having a party, we cried.  When we thought we would be paging through the book, we were instead hearing results of tests and making new plans for the future.


the book I have wanted to write for a long time!


For several years, my heart’s desire has been to write this book.  It’s the true story of my parents’ journey through Alzheimer’s disease.  The link below will take you to the book listing on Amazon.

Dancing Around the Chaos



In the News

Yes, Too Much Sugar is Bad for our Health

Life Plan Communities Thrive Through Connectedness

4 Factors Associated with Dementia Risk

New Molecule May Stop Alzheimer’s From Spreading

Top 5 Alzheimer’s and Dementia Questions

Alzheimer’s Patients Remember and Enjoy Music

Facing Financial Reality

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Before it’s Too Late

’60 Minutes’ Airs Unprecedented Video Study on the Progression of ALZ

Air Pollution May Cause Early Signs of Alz

Simple Blood Test May Detect Alz

Alzheimer’s Drug Trials Keep Failing

Thought Leaders Want Alz at the Top of G20 Agenda

Lack of Sleep May be Linked

Alzheimer’s Q&A – The Six R’s

New Way of Defining Alz Aims to Find Disease Sooner

Researchers Find Genetic Cause for Alz, Possible Method to Reverse It

Just One Night of Bad Sleep Increases Alz Protein

Scientists Push Plan to Change How Researchers Define Alz

Ketosis and Memory in Cognitively-Impaired Adults

Stolen Memories

Older Adults Can Still Grow New Brain Cells

New Test for Alzheimer’s Gives Hope for Early Detection

How to Talk With Kids About Alz

New Mexico will be Hit Hard in Surge of Alzheimer’s

How to Choose a Memory Care Home

Artist Continues Painting with Alz

Governor Scott Walker Signs Alz Bills into Law

The Longest Day

Aerobic Exercise May Mildly Delay Alz

Is it Alz or Just Old Age?

Pharma Giant Pfizer Pulls Out of Alz Research

PFAC Partners with Alz Association to Make Art Matter

Fit Women Mostly Escaped Alzheimer’s

How Daytime Sleepiness May Raise Alz Risk

Alzheimer’s Blood Test Detects Disease Decades Before Symptoms, Aiding Drug Search

Aerobic Exercise Slows Cognitive Decline

Millennials Struggle as Caregivers

Prevent Alzheimer’s – Start Young

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Study Finds Link Between Physical Fitness and Brain Health

High-Protein Diet Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease Risk in Older Adults, Study Finds

Marine at Risk for Early Onset Alzheimers

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimers

What is Dementia?


Alzheimer’s Association Virtual Library

Ideas for Fun Activities for the Elderly

Dementia – What is it?

Sundowning – Symptoms, Triggers, Strategies

Sundowning: Is My Body Clock Broken or Just Disconnected?

What is Alzheimer’s?

The Alzheimer’s Association

Teepa Snow – A Leading Educator on Dementia

The Dragon Story – Helping Children Understand Alz

Recommended Books on Alzheimer’s


Other Recommended Books

Other Resources


Please feel free to drop me a note.

I hope this blog brings you encouragement, along with helpful information.  It is in the very beginning stages, but I hope, as it grows, it will bring comfort to many on this Alzheimer’s journey.

Please feel free to drop me a note…ask me questions, make comments, share your experience and opinions, and so forth.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free, 24-hour help line, 800-272-3900.