Responses to thank you. We say, if we are being polite, ‘You are welcome.” Here in Puerto Rico, they say “De Nada”. It’s nothing. That is somehow heartwarming to hear. It’s not a big deal. You can ask for more, I will do it, all those things seem to be said with “De nada”.
As I have journeyed, so has the Alzheimer’s community. Today I see a much more positive side of Alzheimer’s being presented. Sites like Living with Jim and Mom with Alzheimer’s focus on what is happening in the midst of the disease. There is much more of a feeling of life goes on, and this is how it changes. Rather than life stops and it sucks. I see more of the glass half full, A feeling of “De nada’, It’s all part of life, it is not the end. I can deal. Together we can.
A new book, The Long Hello offers this same perspective. The 36 Hour Day is still a good resource, but it has been rounded out. Perhaps Still Alice in the theaters will be a call to more funding and more action to maximize life with the disease as well as end the disease.