adapting to the life of a part time caregiver feels right. Seems like I can remember a time when she helped me.
Mom loves her deck.
She is also loving the weather in central Georgia. She moved here, to Roberta, Georgia, about 13 months ago from Valdosta.
Will continue to do as much as possible to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Every 66 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with alzheimer’sdisease. Many lives begin a huge transformation. We gotta stop this disease . . . . . alzheimer’s
Yeah, like that will help the person you said that to, right? It probably will help you get or maybe stay strong.
I spoke with a psychologist a few weeks back. She asked me to try something when I speak with people.
If someone looks at you and asks – “What day is today?” try asking them, in a kind way, “what day do you think it is?” – she told me I would be amazed at how many folks then go through the excercise of figuring out what day it is, and then say it. Mental excercise is important, especially when we get older. This may apply when your mom or dad say “I need to take the garbage to the street.” Maybe, that is some of the excercise they need, to remain healthy. If we do it for them, we get the excercise.
Mental and physical excercise ward off a lot of disease.
If we do the excercise for them, it doesn’t help them. It helps us.
Wow, this may sound cruel, but actually, it may be the most loving thing you can do.
Just a thought. I want my mom to get mental and physical excercise!
I sat in a room for two hours with an alzheimer’s patient out west. It was just the two of us. He cried a gentle sort of cry most of that time. At one point, I sat up and asked this question to him – “have you ever had a dog?”
He stopped crying immediately and proceeded to tell me about his dog. This went on for about 5 to 7 minutes. He sounded good, he sounded strong and he sounded sure of himself.
Then as quickly as he had quit crying, he started again.
It’s like he came back for a minute. Wondering how that might feel.
Right now, I am performing in both areas of what I feel is important, family and the alzheimers struggle.
I continue being in Roberta, Georgia for my mom. Here since January 25th. It feels right.
I continue to learn, share and post on Facebook, WordPress and Twitter, concerning alzheimers.
I continue examining the possibility of going back on the road to raise awareness in the fight with alzheimers disease.
I throw out possibilities in front of family and friends and input comes to me from them. I consider it.
I physically start getting things ready to go back out. I physically am getting things ready for me to be with mom for the long haul.
I pray and ask for signs. I ask for the ability to recognize signs. I assume that I will be given signs.
This quote has always felt right since the first time Mark said it to me.
“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”
According to a couple of different articles I found and read recently, folks are hearing about different medications that may have the side affect of increasing your chance of getting dementia. On their own some of the folks cease taking the medications and end up in the emergency room.
I pulled the garbage can to the street a few minutes ago, for mom. On the way back to the house I stopped for a moment. I just stood there. Finally I looked up at the night sky and what a sight that was.Their are not many night lights in Roberta, Georgia. I saw a lot of stars. The same ones my brother and I saw when we lived in Fort Pierce, Florida 55 years ago.
I had a thought. The thought was concerning the Mojave National Preserve. What would it be like to go to Goffs, California and head a few miles northwest into the preserve, put up my tent, without the fly and lay on my back looking up at those same stars.
Peace ! Could it be?
I was told by a lawmaker that if his office makes calls to the general public and ask for their top 10 concerns, that alzheimers is rarely mentioned.
He said if they call the general public and ask if alzheimers is a big problem, almost everyone says yes.
What does this tell us?
Before an entity will spend large amounts of money or time on a problem, they must know of a few things:
What the problem is.
What the problem is affecting.
What the problem is costing, both financially and emotionally, if left unsolved.
What the cost will be to solve the problem.
They need a consensus of opinion.
Awareness has to be raised.
I am an alzheimers advocate, but I was reading last evening about raising awareness, and found some references to the fight with breast cancer. I looked a few minutes ago for the article to use as a reference to include with this post, but I can’t find it again right now.
It was speaking of how taboo it was to say certain things in public, in the past, concerning breast cancer, and that it possibly slowed the progress of the strides that have been made. It was eluding to the possibility that people may have died so that others would not hear offensive language.
Now I have heard talk concerning alzheimers disease awareness. Some think we should not talk of incontinence, violence or family break ups, among other things.
Before an entity will spend lots of money and/or time on a problem, they have to know a problem exists, and the affects of the problem, and the estimates of the costs of solving the problem and the costs involved in ignoring the problem. These costs are both financial and emotional.
In my opinion we have to speak of the realities of alzheimers. It must be done respectably, but it must be done.
He spoke to a Senate Committee. Seth was surprised at so many empty chairs.
At some point he said the following :
“After forgetting who she and her loved ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher of 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60”
Well known folks such as Seth, have the ability to raise a lot of awareness.