February 21, 2013 |
The body that Marine Unit police found Saturday in the Wissahickon Creek was identified Tuesday as a missing Roxborough man, David Taundi, his father said Tuesday. "It's a nightmare. That's the only way to describe it," Josiya Taundi said of losing his son, who was recalled as a good-spirited humanitarian. David Taundi, 33, had been missing since Dec. 15, when his vehicle was involved in a fiery crash on Henry Avenue near the creek. "There's a lot of speculation," Josiya Taundi said of the incident.
December 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My 62-year-old husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and I have since learned that his co-workers spotted his troubles long before I did at home. Had I been informed, he could possibly have retired on disability and have Medicare today (which he does not now). Additionally, he would have known to have structured his retirement to include survivorship on his pension, which he did not. I realize his co-workers were in a difficult spot, so I'm not blaming them, but I'm hoping a few words from you might get the word out to others: Friends, when you notice someone is declining, please speak up. - Donna in Virginia DEAR DONNA: I'm sorry about your husband's diagnosis.
April 28, 2002 |
When members of the South Jersey chapter of the Alzheimer's Association head to Washington today for a public-policy forum, Gervase Peterson will be going with them. It's not that the Willingboro resident, whose smile captured viewers' fancy on the original Survivor show, doesn't have plenty else to do. In the last 18 months, he's shuttled between New Jersey and Los Angeles, appearing in a TV series; taping commercials, such as a soon-to-be released spot for Sunkist, a fruit drink; and providing the voice of the "first black president" in an online cartoon.
October 4, 1993 |
Sometimes, Carmel Snyder slips a family videotape into the VCR, sits back and finds refuge in the memories of the life she used to have with her husband, Bill. Bill Snyder, the husband who used to fix everything, the father who was "wonderful," today shuffles around his home with a "security" pillow tucked under his arm. At 63, he does not recognize his five children or his eight grandchildren, and his wife is his mother. He rarely says a word. He is already incontinent, and Carmel Snyder is preparing for the day he forgets how to eat. About eight years ago, Snyder was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
October 14, 2001 |
On the night of July 18, Anthony Sciamanna mixed a cocktail of orange juice, some old morphine pills and an antipsychotic drug. The plan, he would relate later, was to give a little to himself and his wife, Rose, so he could get some sleep. Rose, 71, had Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. Sciamanna, 74, said he was worn out from the round-the-clock care she needed. But early the next morning, Sciamanna, who has emphysema, found Rose gasping and gurgling after drinking the sleeping potion - accidentally, he said.
May 14, 1998 |
Bob Coppock, 77, is married to Barbara, 81, and he loves her. He gives her only the best: tips of asparagus, ice cream, kisses on the cheek at bedtime. Bob also loves another woman, Karla Jones, 60. Bob and Karla met nine years ago when Karla came to the house as a respite worker to give him a break from Barbara, who has Alzheimer's disease. As Karla watched Bob care so tenderly for his wife, she fell in love with him. Now Bob and Karla are lovers. And all three - Bob, Barbara and Karla - live together in a relationship Bob describes as "win-win-win.
September 9, 2011
Saturday Grow with neighbors The eighth annual Growing the Neighborhood Volunteer Day is scheduled Saturday at FDR Park. The Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, and Friends of FDR Park will host the volunteer day from 8 a.m. to noon. Dozens of community members and corporate volunteers will gather to clean up the park. Workers are asked to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Children will be able to take a tour of a fire truck, fish in FDR Lake, play at a new playground, and learn about the environment.
February 17, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Doug Wyman got up early Tuesday to make breakfast for his wife, Barbara: coffee, oatmeal and fresh fruit. He drew a bath and helped her get dressed, then sat with her through her favorite morning TV shows. Not because it was Valentine's Day. Because of love. After 63 years of marriage, the couple developed their routine when Alzheimer's disease left Barbara unable to do things herself. But it's a routine that Doug Wyman - like a growing number of men who have assumed the role of caregiver in recent years - embraces proudly.
June 16, 2012 |
Marie Verna Tarquini, 82, formerly of Dresher, a teacher and community volunteer, died Thursday, June 7, of Alzheimer's disease at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Mrs. Tarquini grew up in Roxborough and graduated from Roxborough High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in early-childhood education at Temple University as a scholarship student. At Temple, she met her future husband, Francis J. Tarquini. They married in 1952. While raising four children in Ambler and Fort Washington, Mrs. Tarquini was a Brownie leader and was active with the Ambler Junior Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters.
August 25, 2011 |
Jason Karlawish, associate director of the Penn Memory Center, was impressed when he heard that 59-year-old Pat Summitt had gone public with her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and that the University of Tennessee was letting her stay on as its women's basketball coach. As the retirement age creeps upward and doctors get better at diagnosing dementia earlier in its course, increasing numbers of people will grapple with how to stay productive as their minds falter. Meanwhile, employers, families, and friends will need to figure out how to deal with workers who may still have a lot to offer but need support.