The caregiver today

She said she is worn out. She takes care of her mother in law. She is trying to work to make ends meet. She works out of her home. Hospice is now involved. She knows she has done well and has given it her all. She looked tired. I just listened.

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Look at these two !!

At the visitor center at Amicalola Falls State Parkl, in North Georgia.

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Some more Awesome folks

They wanted a picture of me and I wanted one of them. Super folks, out enjoying nature.

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My Dad !!

Born to a farming family. 12 children in all. Joined the Navy, served in World War Two, in the South Pacific. Came home, married mom, and went to work for Coca Cola.
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Had 2 kids. Started his on business. Dad got cancer. The treatment burned him up (his words) He got alzheimers.

Dad died in June 2000.
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Dad had 6 brothers and sisters that died with alzheimers.

This is brief, but it is real.

Veterans, PTSD and alzheimers

My husband is a Vietnam Vet.   When he came home from Vietnam in 1970 we knew that he had PTSD but the VA told us ” just deal with it “.   In 2004 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by a private neurologist.  It wasn’t until 2009 that the VA finally diagnosed him with PTSD with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.   You are right,  with all these vets coming home with PTSD we definitely need to find a cure and find it fast!!

Andrea McGaha Erwin

This is a response to a post I made on Facebook. It was concerning how bad alzheimers is with our veterans.

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Wow, please read this about alzheimers

http://www.livinghealthy360.com/index.php/new-findings-on-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimers-22889/

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Picture – they worked with seniors

Both of these folks have worked with seniors. Neither have an alzheimers connection. These connections are important to me. If they do not mind, I give them the website url and create awareness

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The Most Important Thing !!

I want to tell as many people as possible, that if they are dealing with alzheimers as a patient or caregiver, paid or unpaid, please call the Alzheimers Association’s 24 a day, 7 day a week helpline. Tell them how you feel and please don’t care about how you appear to them. Ask for help, if you need it. If they can’t help, ask them why, or who can. Tell them you need help. We are all in this together and this type of interaction will makes us better. The phone number is 1-800-272-3900 and it will answered anytime you call.

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Alzheimers – Dementia ??

I have been asked what the difference is between the two, many times.

Dementia is actually a set of symptoms. Several different diseases produce the same symptoms.

Alzheimers disease is estimated to cause 70% of the symptoms, known as dementia. That is, I think, the reason, alzheimers disease, is spoken of so often.

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My friend is fighting cancer…..

He is a server at Amicalola Falls State Park in north Georgia. He is a very pleasant young man. He makes everyone feel welcome. He walks over when he sees me, shakes my hand and says “I knew you before you were famous”. You reckon that makes me feel good? Yep, it does, and he does it on purpose. We spoke on the phone Sunday and he said for me to pray for him. He said he will fight.

He will be back.