Tag Archives: Jack Fussell

Caregivers – state parks ?

Something I realized during and after the time I spent at Amicalola Falls State Park, was that I was not meeting many “current” caregivers.

As far as meeting caregivers, they were almost all “past” caregivers.

Being at Sloppy Floyd State Park yesterday, last night and today, got me to thinking about that again.

I guess that “current” caregivers probably, in most cases, can’t make it to a park. It can be hard to find someone to watch an alzheimers patient and hard to leave them too.

It’s ironic that a place that can lower stress levels, is the same place the caregivers might not be able to get to very often.

These are my thoughts. Not an expert.

Slow going, but still going

It’s an absolutely beautiful morning here in North Georgia. The temperature is around 60 degrees. Lots of blue skies up here.

I’m headed to the courthouse in Floyd County. I’ll park my car there and get out the stroller and head north towards Chattooga County.

Someone will pick me up this afternoon and bring me back to the car.


Blue skies a little west of Cartersville, GA

August 24th 2015 – 1:40 pm blog post

I met up with Robyn Matthews at Mercy Care in Rome, Georgia. Robyn is with the Alzheimer’s Association. We chatted a few minutes in the parking lot and went in the facility.
Here is a picture of Robyn.


August 24th 2015 - Rome, Georgia - Robyn Matthews - Alz

Mercy Care is an awesome place. They provide Adult Day Health, Senior Employment, Grands Who Care and Caregiver Support.


August 24th 2015 Mercy Care in Rome, Georgia

Said so long to Robyn and drove to 5th Avenue Health Care in downtown Rome, Georgia. Met Margaret Geho. She expressed the team effort at the facility.


August 24th 2015 - 5th Avenue Health Care in Rome, Georgia

Dropped by the local newspaper to thank them for covering this project, to raise awareness, in their newspaper.


August 24th 2015 - Rome, Georgia

Spoke with several people that have a connection with alzheimers disease and one in the post office in Holly Springs that has a friend whose husband has early onset alzheimers.

It’s about the caregivers Jack !!

August 23rd 2015 9:35am

Raining here. Thunder in the distance. Sitting on the front porch and thinking about resuming the trek around Georgia tomorrow.


August 23rd 2015 in Holly Springs, Georgia

Things are a deep green here. 70 degrees this morning.

Feeling very thankful for who and what I have in my life.

My daughter participated in a 5k last night in Roswell, Georgia. She had a good time.

Ian Sharman was the first person to cross the finish line at the Leadville Trail 100 last night. He finished in 16 hours and 33 minutes.

Thanks for reading this blog.


A short walk down High Shoals Rd

Mark and I ran into each other at the top of the falls parking lot. He was chatting with two folks about the park.

We headed down the East Ridge Trail. We both held back and we decided to go elsewhere. The East Ridge Trail is extremely rocky for about the first 1/4 mile. The rocks are not enjoyable.

We headed back across the top of the falls and headed to High Shoals Rd. We went out into the forest. We had gone about 1/2 mile and Mark stuck his hand out to stop me. It was an extremely beautiful copperhead. It was in the road. We knew it would not be safe there. We looked around, found a stick and picked up the snake and moved it out of harms way. He possibly might have went back out in the road after we left, but we did our part.

We kept a watch and turned around when we knew we would end up back at the lodge at the perfect time for lunch.

We had a great lunch, with great conversation, and then Mark headed home.

We didn’t run, didn’t jog, we walked.

Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia

August 21st 2015

August 17th 2015 blog post

I am in Holly Springs, GA. I am not on my trek “around georgia”

My son is visiting for a few days from Europe. Spending time with him, his wife and three children has been a pleasure.

I read some sad news this morning about a man in Leadville, Colorado. Here is a link to the article. This is concerning the racing events.

I may be back on the trek by Wednesday. I’m not sure yet.

Spending a good part of the day indoors, using Google to learn more about alzheimers disease.

Here is a link to the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter that speaks of “Support Groups”

Thank you for reading my blog.

Informing the public about the Alzheimer’s Association helpline

Dropped by a large church. Asked them to share the Helpline phone number with their congregation. I believe in the Alzheimer’s Association. I believe in the 24/7 Helpline. If we can get the word out, we can help the lives of a lot of folks.

The signs, the cards and the bracelets, lead to the helpline.

The lady at the convenience store in Bartow County

I locked Wilson down. Went in the store to pick up a Dr. Pepper. The lady asked what I was doing. After my explanation, she told me of her connection. He has had alzheimer’s for awhile. He walked outside awhile back, got in his truck and drove south. The sheriff stopped him because he was traveling the wrong direction. He had an emergency note with him. The sheriff’s office called the number and the family went and picked him and his truck up.

His mom died a couple of years ago and he lost some stability with her death.


August 10th, 2015 in Bartow County

Ryan took me to my daughter’s home.

Amy delivered me to my starting point, about a mile from the Bartow County Courthouse. Ran to the courthouse and took this picture.

Bartow County Courthouse on August 10, 2015

Bartow County Courthouse on August 10, 2015

Got back on the road and chatted at the fire department for a minute.

Bartow County Fire Department on 293. August 10th, 2015

Bartow County Fire Department on 293. August 10th, 2015

I traveled on SR 293 most of the time. It is a two lane road with beautiful scenery.

Bartow County on August 10th, 2015

Bartow County on August 10th, 2015

Bartow County on 293. August 10th, 2015

Bartow County on 293. August 10th, 2015

Randall James picked me and my gear up. He will take me back to the Dollar General in Kingston, GA tomorrow morning and I will head into Floyd County.

Mid nineties today with high humidity. I was soaked from sweating by the end of my traveling day. I was out with my stroller for about six hours. No hills. Lots of curves and that calls for a lot of focus.

This run went great. The start felt almost trivial. Near the end of my day I was feeling strong and confident. The BOB Stroller is made to last and it has done that. Well over 4000 miles on it. This stroller has no modifications. It doesn’t need any.

It makes for an easier day when someone is coming out to pick me up. It’s a lot less stressful.

A lot of folks saw the alzheimers signs and my shirt. I spoke with a lot people. I will call this a good day.

Special thanks to my daughter Amy, Kelly, Wayne Mix and Randall James. Because of these four, I am sleeping comfortably in the home of Mr. James.

My purpose

is to raise awareness concerning alzheimers disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1,289 individuals are diagnosed with alzheimers, in America alone, every day. 

Approximately 3 times that number become caregivers. Over 40% of caregivers report the stress is almost unbearable.

The Alzheimer’s Association has been in existence since 1980. They fund research and provide services to the alzheimers community.

They have a well designed 24/7 Helpline. The calls are always answered by highly trained counselors for the Alzheimer’s Association. The phone number is 1.800.272.3900

My main focus is to tell as many folks as possible about the helpline.