Category Archives: Across The Land

11/20/2014 day is done

A lot of awareness was spread again today. A local television station did an interview today and aired it tonight. The local newspaper also did an interview and said it will be in the newspaper tomorrow. The TV piece had me saying the Alzheimer’s Association name in it and telling caregivers they are not alone, and that the association will help. I learned a lot more today. I was able to give an educated opinion on some things that were asked of me, concerning alzheimer’s disease.  I am working extremely hard at this and I am doing my best. I am learning a lot.

This seal learns to love you

The Carlyle Place in Macon, Georgia, has this robotic seal. It slowly gets to know each individual that has something to do with it. They say it is truly amazing. The residents seem to love it. If you take a picture of it with a flash, it will blink its eyes.

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WALB: Georgia man jogs nation to raise Alzheimer’s awareness

http://m.walb.com/walb/db_347747/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=OT6hq0a8

11/18/2014 day is done

This is been a very busy day. The Alzheimers Association in Tifton Georgia kept us very busy. We talked with a lot of people. We talked about Alzheimers disease and we talked about the Alzheimers Association. A lot of people heard the word Alzheimers mentioned many times today. We made a lot of people aware. Thanks to everyone .

The Key to the City of Tifton

The Alzheimers Association worked it out, and the mayor Jamie Cater, presented me with the key to the city of Tifton Georgia. This is the first key I have ever been given to a city. That is quite an honor to me.

The young lady shaking my hand in this picture was one of the dancers in the Dancing with the Stars program here. Everyone said she is very talented and very strong. She is a tremendous advocate for the fight against Alzheimers disease.

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The real tall guy is the mayor and he has recently lost a lot of weight, on purpose.
He recently signed a proclamation making November Alzheimers Awareness Month in Tifton Georgia.

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Here are a couple of more pictures taken in his office.

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” how winning is done “

But it ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.

Rocky Balboa

Alzheimer’s – think about this and you

You enter a room and it is full of people. They call out your name and ask how you are doing. They seem happy to see you. One of them brings up a fishing trip he says you went on with him, another asks how your four children are. They, in unison, start singing happy birthday to you.

The only problem is, you don’t know any of them, they know your name, how is that? You have never been fishing. You do not have any kids. It is not your birthday. What’s going on here? Is this a joke? If it is, it’s not appreciated.

I wonder if this is how alzheimer’s patients feel.

Alzheimer’s – a theory about objects

A long time caregiver shared this with me: You begin to notice an object, maybe a vase, or a picture, and the patient seems to look at it a lot. They start moving it around a little. After awhile, you see a little anger or confusion on their face when they look at this object or picture. This, of course, may be noticed over a period of time. The caregiver eases in one night and takes the object or picture away. Over the course of the next few days the patient no longer is angered or confused because of the object or picture. If you knew the patient well and had the time, you may be able to come up with the reasoning that caused the anger or confusion.

Let them soak there teeth in coffee

A lady spoke to me a good while back  with tremendous passion about caregiving for alzheimers patients. She was a caregiver for someone she loves very much.

She told me to please tell people to let alzheimers patients stay in the world they are in so they do not get scared. She said they can’t be in our world anymore. If they want to soak there  teeth in coffee, let them. It makes sense to them and if you take that away, they have nothing. She said to quit telling them “I am your husband or your wife or your child” and scaring them.

She said they can’t help it. She said they are not doing it to aggravate you, they cannot help it. She said please leave them alone and let them stay where they feel safe.

Will I make it to Monterey? ?

Oh yeah, I will. Even if something happens to me,  I have made arrangements to get there.

I will not need those arrangements though,  I will be there. That’s who I am and always will be.

I love my life and I love pushing the limits. 

I’m not fast, but I can go far.