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About tomakingitcount12

I'm a recent college graduate studying cultures of Alzheimer's care giving throughout the international community thanks to a generous fellowship from Hendrix College. My fellowship with enable me to meet with leading Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and aging professionals, attend a number of conferences, and to learn from caregivers in Ireland, Western Europe, and South Africa. My fellowship was inspired by my Auntie Mare and Grandma Louis, both of whom passed away in May of 2011 after suffering from the disease for several years.

Alzheimer’s Care in South Africa: It’s a Spectrum

My time in South Africa is coming to a close and I board a flight tomorrow back to Istanbul. In my three months here, I have visited over two dozen elder care facilities or projects, met some of the most … Continue reading

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Closing Time: The Premature Closing of St. Joseph’s Home and Some Comparisons

I am painfully behind on blog posts. It seems to be a chronic problem that has been exasperated by my South African life. But a person should never begin a public speech–or a blog post– with an apology. And so, … Continue reading

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This is Africa (TIA): My First Steps and Impressions of South Africa

Over the past couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to travel to many foreign countries and experience the sights, smells, and cultures of new lands. One could think that because of the dwindling amount of free pages in … Continue reading

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Forgotten Post

I’m a bit behind in my posts since the last I’ve been in Vienna and Istanbul and now am in Cape Town, South Africa. I have had many wonderful, challenging, and eye opening experiences over the last couple of weeks. … Continue reading

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Adventures in Berlin and Salzburg

Yo-a-hey, dear readers! I’m posting from the beautiful almost fairytale-like city of Salzburg. The city is just at the foot of the Alps and in every direction I look I am taken aback by the stunning views. The fact that … Continue reading

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A Post for the Day After World Alzheimer’s Day

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks since my last post. I left Ireland, traveled to Belgium, and now have been in Germany for the past week. For those of you who don’t know, my original plan … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Ireland!

It turns out I’m not very good at updating this thing in a prompt manner. Over a month ago, I met with some of the leading Irish Alzheimer’s and dementia researchers and advocates in Dublin. There wasn’t anything particularly groundbreaking … Continue reading

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