Category Archives: Support


If you need information concerning Alzheimer’s disease, take time to call 1.800.272.3900 anytime.

The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages. Their staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Call if you have questions about:

  • Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options
  • How the Association can help you
  • Caregiving tips and respite care options
  • Services available in your community and referrals

You can also call for emotional support –– as often as you need. They know that living with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times. Remember, they are there for you –– all day, every day.

the young man at the Subway was hungry

Sitting outside of a Subway, had finished eating. The young man looked, maybe 20 years old, at the most.

He didn’t approach me, I approached him. His clothes looked like they had not been washed in a while, and he looked stressed, very thin.

I asked if he was hungry, he said he was. His teeth looked like they were rotting out.

We stepped in the Subway and one of the employees came near and asked ?????? if he had money, and he shook his head no. I shook my head yes and the employee went back to cleaning.

Order anything you want

He wanted a 6 inch spaghetti and meatball sub, some chips and water.

We sat, no talking. The $42 in cash in my wallet was used to purchase a Subway gift card, while he was eating.

He cleaned the table, walked back to me and said “thanks” I asked if I could do anything more, as I handed him the card. He shook his head, shook my hand and went outside.

A feeling came over me to go say more to him, but what would be said? He was gone. As this post proves to me, I think of him from time to time, wonder if I could have, should have, done more.

The manager of the Subway came out, walked over, and thanked me for helping the guy get something to eat.

the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline #ENDALZ

I have ended up asking for feedback quite a few times, and the feedback is always good. The standard post from Across the Land is as follows :

“If you need information concerning Alzheimer’s disease, take time to call 1.800.272.3900 anytime. The call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

When we tell folks about that number is when we the most useful.

Sharpen the Saw or learn to cope . . . . .

Folks are constantly telling caregivers – “Remember to Sharpen the Saw.” As a matter of fact, I’ve said those words many times. They’re always polite, always smile and say – “thank you.”

Some caregivers may not be able to “Sharpen the Saw.” Those are the ones that need to learn as many coping mechanisms as possible.

If you, the reader, or someone you know, may need information concerning Alzheimer’s disease, take time to call 1.800.272.3900 anytime.

Donation from North Georgia Mountain Outfitters

Picked up the last of the gear needed for the Journey. Travis and Shirley Crouch donated gear, supplies, encouragement and knowledge to Across the Land.