Tag Archives: Across The Land

this is something I want to do, a way I want to be 

Here is a quote that kinda sums it up. 

If I could at least try to do that, it seems like our little planet would be a better place. 

The second part would be to not expect anything in return.  

The third part would be to encourage others to take similar action where they are. 

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For example, near me is mom, her friend next door, some of our family around the corner,  a nursing home, a senior center and churches. Lots of places to “Do what I can, with what I have, where I am

I want to remember that I don’t want anything in return. I just want to be of service to folks that “really” need help, and to be encouraging to all. 


I’m trying to be somebody 

Each time I see myself being indignant at something, telling myself that it’s crazy nobody does anything about this or that, or that something doesn’t exist yet, I remember I am somebody too and that I can be this person. I can create this thing.”

The paragraph above is taken from the writings you will see if you follow the link below. 


caregivers, does their work go unnoticed? 

this question was inspired by a line in a poem by Alex Kotowske. The poem is apparently about survival. The words that got my attention were “his noble striving goes unknown”  

I need to be clear about this. In the past I failed miserably at realizing and appreciating the work of caregivers. 

I meant no harm and I know others don’t.

a note to WordPress bloggers 

2017 has been full of making mistakes and trying to improve. This post is to let WordPress bloggers know how much I appreciate your support. Reading your blogs has been a pleasure. I’m so thankful to have you for an example and look forward to the new year. 

Jack Fussell 

a note about the Hill Burton Act

It was about health and healthcare. The bill was signed into law in 1946. It spoke of mandates that had to be adhered to. The mandates were entered into the bill in 1979. I thought this was interesting

studies about nursing homes 

I was wondering about the frequency of nursing home visits from family or friends of the patients. I used Google to search for longitudinal studies concerning such, and found two. Both were a couple of years old, and backed up the thinking I would consider obvious. Over a five year period the visit frequency and duration decrease a little each year. The visits do increase when death seems imminent. Also the farther away the visitor lives, the less visits there are. 

A note in one of them spoke of the stress caused to the patients and staff at homes that, as a whole, do not get many visitors. The note said this was purely a subjective observation made by the visiting research team. 

I would imagine that having people in your building gathering data by observation may perk up things up a bit. 

a picture of mom and dad together #ENDALZ 

Mom and dad. This was, of course, a long, long time ago. Dad died on June 30th, 2000. He had alzheimer’s disease.  

Not sure who the baby is.

the day I met Wilson (stroller)

September 25th, 2012 was the day I picked my Bob jogging stroller up at REI in Kennesaw, Georgia. The name was Wilson. Wilson is a Revolution SE Jogging Stroller. Here are a few pictures. We’ve been a team for over 5 years. Wilson is family. 

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

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.