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Dear Carol: My husband has Alzheimer’s and even though we could afford a care facility, I want to keep him home as long as possible. This year, for the first time, we’ll go to our son’s home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It will be delightful, I know, but in the past, our local extended family always came to our home for holiday meals. This is a big change, so we’re already missing the old days when we could host these lovely times. Your columns give us hope that there can be some dignity in this process of letting go of what was and appreciating what we have now. To help us do this, we’ve decided that this holiday season we’ll make a gratitude list. Can you help us get started, and suggest ideas for how to express our gratitude for all that we have? - MJ

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Thanks for the note, Matilda! I'm glad the column helped. Dementia can challenge anyone's ability to be grateful, but there are nearly always some things that we can be grateful for if we look.
Holiday blessings for you and your family,
Carol

Thanks for the reminder. My husband of 62 years and I are on a similar journey. We are most thankful for a love that is still here.

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