Some of the incidents people share with me now are very graphic concerning alzheimers disease.
The reason I am hearing things explained in a more graphic way is because I am asking people to share the reality of their experience with me. I don’t need to be shielded from anything.
No more keeping it politically correct. That has no place in this fight as far as I am concerned.
Caregivers live with it every day, all day long. They can’t change the situation to make it seem better. If they do, it is just for the people around them.
I phoned a caregiver today and what happened yesterday was pretty tough.
This caregiver walked in after the patient had mistaken the couch for the toilet and the caregiver cleaned the couch, the carpet and his parent.
North Georgia Mountain Outfitters near Ellijay, Georgia .
She pulled over and handed me $20. She said maybe this will help. I purchase stuff I might need immediately so I don’t have to hold money.
Then I use my debit card to send the $20 to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The $20 is in their account as I type this. Already sent it in.
This money funds research to find a cure and pays for services to help people struggling with alzheimers disease.
I have a few things that keep me going. I think of them.
These are in no certain order.
My 5 grandchildren that I don’t want to have to be concerned about alzheimers disease.
Two cousins that died at a very young age. One was three years old and died with polio. One was seven and died with leukemia. (thus my love for Dr. Jonas Salk and St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital)
A friend that ran out of hope and didn’t want his family to have to take care of him, and took his own life.
A high school friend that went to Vietnam and came back and in his words said “I can’t make things fit anymore.” He died recently.
A man that was overweight for twenty years and lost most of his self esteem.
My dad that died with alzheimer’s disease. Didn’t recognize him in the end.
Hundreds of caregivers I have met that struggle every single day.
A young man named Terry Fox. (Google him)
Somewhere on a long stretch of highway in the United States of America, right now, a man is out there. Nobody knows this fella, for sure. He doesn’t use social media. He pushes a stroller. It has his belongings in it. Theirs not a lot of stuff in his stroller.
He’s out there trying to find something. He’s hunting for something that has eluded him for most of his life. He’ll find it. He has before. He will again.
He always seems to end up running to the places where long distance runners have died. Yep, he’s out there. Not sure where.
He is hunting for peace, for quiet.
I wish him well. I saw him at the Chickamauga Battlefield in north Georgia and on the side of the road near Kit Carson, CO.
I called for help as soon as I saw her.
I found her wandering miles from home.
When the phone rang at 5:00 am, I knew it was about mom.
I see how hard it’s been on her at work and I want to help.
For the 5 million Americans living with alzheimer’s and the millions that feel the affects….
Let’s Walk together to make an even bigger impact and end alzheimer’s for good.
Find a Walk near you at http://www.alz.org/walk
So proud of the Alzheimer’s Association. Today i viewed their National Walk YouTube clip and it is beautiful. It is posted on here just before this post. It is also on the side of this blog.
In my opinion these folks are the key to providing help to caregivers. They have been doing this since 1980 and have learned a lot. They can help you. 1.800.272.3900 24/7
Spoke to a few of the Alzheimer’s staff today. This is the season for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” events. These events are held all over the United States and raise a lot of money. The money is used to fund research and provide services. These events also raise a lot of awareness.
Logged some miles today at Blankets Creek in Canton and then later on in the streets of Holly Springs, Georgia. Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Someone very close to me, received word today that her biopsy came back with no cancer cells. Showed some abnormal ones, but not cancerous.
Heading up to North Georgia tomorrow to continue on the trek “around Georgia”
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community — more than 450,000 participants that include family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more — in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach their fundraising goal.
When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions, both through fundraising and participating in the event, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by finding a Walk near you. Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your Participant Center, ensuring a successful and fulfilling experience.
To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
A world without Alzheimer’s disease.
The Senate subcommitte indeed has approved $300 million for alzheimers research and the House subcommitte has approved $350 million.
Yes, that is major progress. Never been that much added to existing before. So yes, this is big and something to be proud of. It shows ability to make things happen. Somebody has done a good job.
But, it’s now law yet. The subcommittees have to compromise, the subcommittees have to approve the compromise and the full Senate and House have to approve it and then it has to be signed into law.
Negative thinking? No! The truth is, as of right now the additional money is not in the bank.
Stuff to feel good about? You bet!
Work still to be done? You bet!