Christmas and alzheimer’s disease – couple of thoughts

Spent part of this chilly and drizzly day reading thoughts from families that have been through Christmas as a caregiver. Most speak of keeping it simple so their patient remains comfortable. Some spoke of fond memories before this happened.

One blog post spoke to realizing how unimportant gifts had become to her. Her gift is that her dad is still with her. She said she has his back.

I came upon this in the Alzheimer’s Reading Room:

“For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, The Joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.”     John Greenleaf Whittier

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an anniversary of sorts

The lady in Knoxville, Tennessee shared her feelings with me. She said, I’m paraphrasing here, “Believe in Yourself. When milestones are reached concerning the global fight with alzheimer’s disease, assume you were a part of it, in some way. You are an advocate.

I’ve been raising awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease for over 66 months, full time. I’ve quit 4 or 5 times, for about an hour each time. 

My dad and millions of other folks passed away with alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease remains one of the most critical public health issues in America.  

Words of Encouragement from Arkansas 

He’s back to work. The heart attack made him pause, but he got right back up. He called a few hours ago to check on me and mom. Donnie and his wife Dawne are great friends from the Forrest City, Arkansas area. 4 years of calls, visits and they even gave me a pumpkin once. They helped an old man cross a continent in 2013. 

The man, and his wife inspire me to Keep Going!

These folks know about being caregivers for someone with alzheimer’s disease. 

5 benefits of support group meetings 

  1. You find out you’re not alone 
  2. You find a sense of control knowing you’re taking action 
  3. Folks will listen to your feelings 
  4. Answers come to some of your questions 
  5. Stress is reduced 

    Here’s a link to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Type the words “support group” in the search box and read about an extremely valuable resource;

    http://www.alz.org

    If you’d rather talk to someone, call 1.800.272.3900. 

    Support groups help. Empathy is practiced there. 

    Pictures before the weight loss 

    Yes it was a lot of work! I got it done!

    He’s back in the game

    He had a bad heart attack while back, and they thought he was a goner. Many days in intensive care. He’s a fighter though. He called me this evening and told me he’s back at work full time and he’s stronger than ever.

    I love this guy’s attitude. I’m kind of wondering if he used to be a drill sergeant or something.

    I went to work 

    Every time I post about my weight loss, I get private and public messages. Most want to know some particulars. Yesterday, a friend asked what happened that was different than the many times I had tried in the past. After a few minutes I answered simply and truthly;

    “I went to work and stayed until the work was done”

    this may be a huge part of the health problems America has 

    Regardless of the economic climate, money and finances have remained the top stressor since our survey began in 2007.

    See what you think about this.

    http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/02/money-stress.aspx

    met her in 2013, she passed away yesterday 

    in 2013 I stopped at a Subway for lunch. A car pulled in and a lady got out and told me she knew who I was. She wanted me to meet her mom. Her mom was in the back seat with another lady. I reached in the window to shake her hand. The lady sitting next to her told her to thank me for what I was doing. The mom looked at me and in a very serious manner said “thank you for what your doing.” Then I overheard her ask her other daughter  “what’s he doing?” It was so cute.

    The mom had alzheimer’s disease. 

    She died today. I’m so glad I had a brief moment with a mom and her two of her babies. 

    How I lost 100 lbs in eleven months 

    I decided on an 1800 calorie daily food pyramid diet. 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% good fat. 

    Every other day I did an aerobic workout for approximately 30 minutes. Every other day I did a light resistance workout for approximately 30 minutes. Sundays I rested. 

    75% of my calories were consumed before 1:00 pm. I worked hard at not eating after 6:00 pm. 

    I weighed every morning, wrote it down for 7 days, added it up and divided that by 7. 

    I lost 100 lbs in around 11 months. 

    The weight loss began in April 2001. 

    The best way to lose weight is probably the one that works for ya.