I reluctantly retired from my Speech-Language Pathologist position in January, 2009, after twenty years of
service, feeling very fortunate to have a CTRB income that would allow me to help care for my elderly mother. The opportunity to “turn the tables” and assume the parenting role for THE BEST MOM in the world was truly a blessing. Unfortunately,
as she moved further into her nineties, Alzheimer’s disease took hold and produced major changes. After a lifetime of helping children communicate, I was suddenly faced with watching a loved one unable to retrieve words, remember names and gradually
forget even the faces of her children. It quickly became apparent, however, that many of the word games and activities I’d done with school-aged children to improve their language were now very engaging and stimulating to Mom. I naturally
wondered whether others might appreciate them as well and began writing a series of books called Joggin’ Your Noggin.