A blog by Marie Marley, Author, ‘Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy’
I went to the Alois Alzheimer Center one day to visit Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years. I didn’t really want to visit because my visits were boring. And I was angry about Ed’s condition. I wanted my old Ed back, but I knew that was impossible. So, I forced myself to visit that day.
Once I was there, I spontaneously got an idea for a little game to play with Ed. I started the visit by handing him one of his many stuffed animals, an act that always made him smile. I reviewed his growing collection and selected Adorable, the newest stuffed animal I had given him, for the purpose.