A withered person with a scrambled mind, memories sealed away: That is the familiar face of Alzheimer’s. But there is also the waiting period, which Geri Taylor has been navigating with prudence, grace and hope.
Claudia M. Reder's insight:
A woman with Alzheimer's who photographs, who learns to live in the present which is all she has.
Do you know that patients suffering from chronic illnesses and their families can be healed by art therapy? For the ‘most seriously ill’, art therapy is good. Doctors and artists say such healings are more effective, Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME reports. Imagine the joy and relief an artist gets when he completes an …
I’d rather tell you I have it all figured out. How depression is behind me and I have all the answers sitting snugly in my back pocket. But that’s not how it goes with this ugly illness. It finds you in the cracks where you try to seek joy. And sometimes, you wonder if you’ll ever out-run it.
Depression is the secret that pervades many households—the one most hide away from in shame. I keep writing about it because as I learn how to catch up with, and hopefully outrun, this thing, I want to bring many others with me on the journey. And the fact that so many people do hide away makes me all the more determined to bring this thing into the light.
I’m not going to tell you depression can be cured with writing. I don’t believe there is just one cure—it’s a complex illness with different answers for everyone. But I can tell you that writing is a tool. It’s something that will help you stop running, if only for a little while.
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.
The work from Terezin is being staged in Madrid, and a Holocaust survivor, Dagmar Lieblova, said: “‘Brundibar’ can now be used to remember the past in a way that children can understand. It can also be a warning for the future.”
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