It’s over – “Across the Land”

Thank you to everyone that helped get us here and to those that followed us. 

“Across the Land” was a success. It purpose was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. This project lasted for 4 years and 11 months. 

My jogging stroller’s name is Wilson. He carried stuff. I pushed. We were a team. Approximately 4000 miles with this guy.  The Bob Stroller Company made a lot possible. 

This car went approximately 20,000 miles wearing those signs. Her name was the Bobomobile. This 96 Chevrolet Lumina was donated to us by Marcia Bobo. 

The total, on foot mileage, was approximately 16,800 miles. 

The most rewarding part of the project, for me as an individual, were conversations with caregivers. 

Social media turned out to be a good vehicle for “Across the Land”  10,378 posts were made on the WordPress blog. Almost 18,000 tweets were sent out. An estimated 25,000 post were made on Facebook. 

Television, newspaper, magazine and radio interviews were many. Most of these interviews included a mention, and the number, of the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline. 

  • Over 50 television 
  • Over 100 newspaper 
  • Over 20 radio
  • Over 6 magazine 

Over 3000 bracelets and cards were given to individuals that had never partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association. The cards and bracelets contained the 24/7 Helpline phone number. The phone number is 1.800.272.3900 and it can be called anytime. 

The “Charity Miles” application was a positive. It helped us raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and it helped raise awareness by posting our progress on Facebook and Twitter. 

    Meetings with folks that were chosen by others occured. Some imparted knowledge, to us, some raised awareness in large numbers. 

    The total followers on WordPress, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as of this morning is 16,294. The total views of the WordPress blog, as of today is 248,165. Flyline Search Marketing built this blog and maintained it. Training for WordPress provided by Flyline. 

    Thank you for following an old guy that was simply trying to help raise awareness. Thank you for sharing your information with me. 

    At times, the day to day was not pretty. 

     The amount of help received along the way was remarkable. We know also help was there, that we will never know of. We are Grateful to be part of a project born with the idea to help in our global battle with alzheimer’s disease. Every 66 seconds, someone in America, is diagnosed with alzheimer’s. Their is no cure. My dad and millions of other folks, have died with this horrific disease. 

    I learned about success and I learned of failure. When something was successful, it was because of us. When something failed, it was because of me. I can live with that. I feel good in being part of success and I feel good about being able to live with my failures and get up and go again. 

    The catalyst for ending “Across the Land” is my responsibility to keep my 88 year old mom safe and help her keep going, as long as she can. Their were 4 in our family. Now it’s mom and I. We have each other and we have a support system that includes the Alzheimer’s Association.

    For now, I am part of another project. (mom) 

    This is a lot to post about the project, but the project and the folks involved deserve that. This was Epic! 

    The most important aspect of this was the thousands of folks we may have impacted, in any way, that helped their lives. Many of the caregivers, patients and supporters I met along the way, are no longer with us.  

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    Why Stop?

    After working at this awhile, I was given this advice.      “Educate yourself as much as possible and stay near the trenches.” 

    I took the advice and it was the right thing to do. So for the last few years, I followed it. I read as much as possible from the; 

    • National Institute of Health 
    • National Institute on Aging 
    • Alzheimer’s Association 
    • 3 alzheimer’s support forums with over 50,000 members
    • Articles sent to me via social media 
    • Articles I found through Google Searches 
    • Alzheimer’s bloggers 

    I used social media, texting, email and the telephone to remain in contact with;

    • Scientists
    • Geriatricians
    • Alzheimer’s Association staff
    • Caregivers 
    • Senior Care Facilities 
    • Alzheimer’s bloggers

    It was my choice to do what I do. 

    Mom’s care came along and added a new element. She is 88 years old. I made a decision on January 24th, 2016 to move in with her and her husband. He was in extreme pain from musculoskeletal issues. He passed away on March 12th, 2016. 

    I have not been the caregiver I want to be. Adding a caregiver role to my life has been more than I could handle, with the proper attitude. 

    Closing down “Across the Land” will allow me to put my focus on mom and my own health. I will be 67 years old in October, and as of late, have done a poor job of taking care of me. That is a must. My health is extremely important. Without it, as mom gets older and experiences normal aging, I would not be able to do what is needed. 

    I have a lot of knowledge concerning alzheimer’s. Some self taught, most handed to me as a gift, from others. 

    It’s best I stop for now. 

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    15 responses to “It’s over – “Across the Land”

    1. Jack, I hope to meet you someday. You have inspired me and helped me. I know you have done so much more for so many others. Thank you! – Brian withalzmyheart.com

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    2. You have done a wonderful job………… for many, take care

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    3. You’re a rock star, Jack! Thank you again for everything that you have done to honor your Mom and so many other Caregivers and persons with dementia. And bless you for all the awareness you have raised, across the country, making this crazy struggle real for so many. God has you and your Mom and family in His arms. I am sure of that!

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    4. You are AMAZING, Jack, and such an inspiration to so many! THANK YOU…especially for raising so much awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease and resources associated with it. Your efforts have caused ripples that will, no doubt, go forward for many years to come.
      I’ll miss reading about your adventures and encounters, but all good things must come to an end, right? You have certainly done your part. Well done, Jack, well done…

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    5. All the best to you, dear Jack! You have done amazing work with tireless energy and such a positive attitude. You’re my hero.
      Great photo, too!
      Rose xo

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    6. As someone who has dealt with patient’s with dementia I am inspired by what you post. Your accomplishment is a testament to both your care and love for your mother and strength of character. Thanks for what you have accomplished and for keeping dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in our hearts.

      Michael Sefton

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    7. I’m new to blogging about Alzheimer’s and am both honored and grateful that you “found” my blog. Thank you for all you have done to raise awareness of this sad, sad disease and for championing the caregivers like myself. I hope your time away “for now” is restful and pleasant. You deserve it.

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