May/Jun
2016

Four Generations of Awesome

Written by Jorrie Johnson
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The four generations photo of me with my grandma Ella, mother Linda and daughter Tiffany was taken two years ago on Mother’s Day. My daughter’s Facebook post says, “Four generations of AWESOME! #mothersday.” 

My grandma has been suffering more and more from Alzheimer’s. Though it’s my grandmother’s disease, my mom has been affected the most. She says her mom is not the mom she once had. My grandma will be moving to an assisted living apartment when she returns from Florida in May. It’s been a challenge emotionally and legally for my family to make changes for my grandma. We hope she enjoys living in a more supportive environment.  

 With strong bipartisan and bicameral support, our region’s Minnesota Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) introduced the Alzheimer’s Research and Support Act (S.F. 247) on January 21, 2015. The act consists of statewide, regional and local research grants, an Alzheimer's public information program designed to meet the needs of caregivers of persons with dementia and an Alzheimer’s research advisory council. Nelson comments, “Just like growing numbers of Minnesotans, Alzheimer’s touched my life when my father received the diagnosis we suspected and feared—a diagnosis for a disease without a cure.”

In this issue of Rochester Women veterinarian Ann Noser tells about her mother’s last 12 years living with Alzheimer’s (page 21) and the challenges she faced when her mother no longer recognized her. We give our regards to Ann, whose mother passed away just after Christmas 2015. 

On the other end of the caretaking spectrum, we have energetic Heidi Mestad, the successful entrepreneur and mother (page 12). She tells us about bringing the community together to build a strong foundation for Children’s Museum of Rochester. We also feature our third I Am A BeautifulRochester Woman winner Whitney Peterson, mother of two, who is very thankful for the opportunity to get clothes and a makeover for her photoshoot (page 14). 

For Mother’s Day we take a look at medi-spas and how they differ from regular spas (page 17). We also feature recipes from a local restaurant that make us feel pretty. We provide some great gift ideas for dads (Father’s Day is June 19) and graduates (page 47).

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