Marilyn Raichle wants to change the conversation about her mother and about Alzheimer’s.
The conversations often begin with ‘she’s gone’, or ‘she’s an empty shell now’, or ‘how sad’. It is sad of course. But here’s the point Raichle is eager to make: Her mother Jean is still here.
“So many people talk about their family members with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the past tense,” says Raichle.