12/4/2016 – stop alzheimers

Up early to jog and walk 3.05 miles in a cool rain. Supposed to rain all day. Felt good to get out of it, and get warm. Moderation is important. My life is good and many faceted. I want a balanced life. 

Spoke during the walk to William Glass. His mom has alzheimer’s disease. Bill walked from Chicago to Atlanta to raise awareness and money concerning alzheimer’s.

Right now Facebook is not allowing me to share the blog. Sending them messages for a fix. Spoke with Mark Lein about this. 

Mom and my sister in law are putting Christmas decorations out. 

Please Google Jimmy Valvano and read a bit about him. 

12/3/2016 – stop alzheimers

Spoke with a lady this morning that has the early signs of dementia.(her words) She says she okay for now, but has no illusions. 

I walked and jogged 3.39 miles. Imagine this, clouds, a chill, a breeze and folks that wave back. 

Here I go, already thinking about improving during 2017. Life is good when lived as it is served. 

Just about anything can be an adventure. I’ve climbed  Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, enjoyed the Phantom of the Opera in New York City and ran north on Hwy 101 in California. I have talked for hours with caregivers. Enjoyed each. 

Mom has enjoyed the day to this point. 

My favorite quote :    When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”     Erma Bombeck 

12/2/2016 – stop alzheimers 

Had a conversation with Jeannie today. We were catching up on the void in our lives. She is with the Alzheimer’s Association Chapter in Columbus, Georgia.

I walked/jogged 3 miles today. The weather was just right. As usual, lots of folks waved and blew horns. I enjoyed the time. 

Started a 3 mile a day streak attempt today. It’s a fun thing, not do or die. If it’s fun you may do it longer. No stress allowed because I have enough.

I hope anyone reading this knows that excercise does not have to add stress to your life. A lot of popular quotes seem to lean that way. Most of us have enough stress in our lives already. 

Mom and I had relaxed times today. We had several chats. 

I think this is an interesting quote!

“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is truth”    Robert Brault – interesting quote ?

Google the phrase “therapeutic lying” 

you do it longer, if it’s fun

I lost 100 lbs in 2001 and 2002. I have kept it off for 14 years. 

Today I began a streak, of sorts. 3 miles a day. Not a do or die thing, but something that may add some more fun to my life and at the same time may help keep me fit and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association by using Charity Miles . 

a change in venue 

I use Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and WordPress to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

My posts on Twitter and WordPress automatically share onto my personal Facebook page. I’m going to use WordPress to share onto my “Across Georgia” page, and use my personal page for more personal posts. I had planned to shut the “Across Georgia” page down last night but the change I am making today will be a better fit.

My caregiving duties with Mom are slowly increasing. I will continue to raise awareness and money.

Caregiving can be a tough job and I will respond to the challenge. I plan to stay emotionally and physically fit. 

My family will help me with mom so I will remain somewhat active doing what I have been doing for 53 months. 

This Project has been extremely successful and these changes are designed to not only keep it that way, but improve our reach. 

10 months with mom

Arrived here on January 24th , 2016, so it’s been a bit over ten months. I have had 34 days away from her during that time. She needs part time care. 

I have had ups and downs with this. My lack of patience has hurt her at times. I feel like I am finally adjusting to the reality of the situation. 

Mom and I are left from our immediate family. Helping her is my responsibility. I must improve. I will work at it diligently. 

“One step at a time, heading (my) west”

 

don’t know who wrote this

FAMILY 

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. 

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more 
into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think?

staying fit to fight alzheimers

Here’s a graphic from the National Institute of Health . 


Prevention ! 

a young caregiver 

She was 18 and just beginning her college education. Her aunt was diagnosed with dementia. She continued with college and moved in with the aunt. She was the caregiver for four years. She lived through the phases and attended the funeral. She said it was hard. She developed patience working with her aunt and understanding with family that would not help. 

pictures of folks that do research