Tag Archives: Jack Fussell

What can they do ?

She is 51 years old and her husband is 53 years old. They both work full time jobs. Each month after paying their bills their is not much money left.

Her mom has been diagnosed with alzheimers disease. Her mom can’t be alone anymore.

She needs to pay someone to watch her mom so she can continue to bring in the income they barely squeeze by on. She can’t ask her husband to watch her, because he brings in part of their income too.

Her mom’s small social security check will pay for her food and sitter for about a week.

She can’t put her in a nursing home because their is not enough money for that from her mom’s income.

This is a reality being played out all over America. Yes their are answers. Coming up with answers will be time consuming and take some expertise in different areas.

This family is beginning a long hard struggle with many twist and turns.

They can start by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1.800.272.3900 and asking for help. This is the phone number for the 24 hour helpline. It can be called 7 days a week. The phone call will be answered by trained counselors.

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August 3rd, 2015 around georgia notes

This is a part of my blog post from Friday.

Spoke with several Alzheimer’s Association staff members today. I phoned them to say hello.
Atlanta
Savannah
Macon
Dalton

I’ll call the other offices Monday.
Tifton
Columbus

I spoke with Alzheimer’s Association staff members this morning from the Tifton and Columbus chapters.

Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Tifton, Dalton and Columbus

Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Tifton, Dalton and Columbus

The Greatest Journey Ever Taken

around georgia

around georgia

I sit here a few days into the Greatest Journey I have ever taken. No time limit is involved.Their is no goal I wish to measure to gauge if my Journey is successful. I am successful because of my attempt. I will be alone most of the time. I do “alone” pretty well. I want to attempt to Run, Jog and Walk from courthouse to courthouse through all 159 counties in the state of Georgia.

159 counties in Georgia

159 counties in Georgia

I want to live each moment aware of what’s going on around me and experience the sights and sounds with as little anxiety as possible. I want the focus to be raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. I have long been an anxious person and avoiding anxiety will be a struggle. I hope to accomplish that by keeping my thoughts focused in two major areas. I want to be a great listener and share what I have learned over the last 3 years. It has been estimated that this Journey “around georgia” could take up to 2 years. The distance has been estimated at 4000 miles. At this point in my life I am willing to give it my all.

I am Strong because I have been weak
I am Fearless because I have been afraid
I am Wise because I have been foolish

August 1, 2015 around georgia notes

Back at my daughter’s house for the weekend. I was up to early. That has become normal for me.

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Amy, Todd, Tyler, Ethan and I headed to breakfast.

Not Running today. Planning for the next week. Lots of phone calls to make.

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Also studying the sheet the Alzheimer’s Association emailed me.

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Struggling more than I would like. Working to clarify what I want the Georgia trip to look like. 159 counties here. I don’t enjoy making constant changes. I think of it as a weakness, but maybe it’s a strength.

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My journey is in Bartow County. I am in Canton, GA for the weekend. Monday I will be dropped off at the Cracker Barrel on GA 20 and I-75 around 8:45 am. After Bartow I will head to Floyd County.

7.31.2015 blog post

Beautiful weather, good shoulders, awesome drivers and folks stopping what they are doing and speaking with me. Running doesn’t get much better than this.

Animals I see out there. I could write an entire blog post about them, but I’ll try not to. They actually seem very curious. I speak with them on occasion. Do they understand?  …….

Spoke with several Alzheimer’s Association staff members today. I phoned them to say hello.
Atlanta
Savannah
Macon
Dalton

I’ll call the other offices Monday.
Tifton
Columbus

I am raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. This is a Super Crazy way to do that.

My Facebook page is across the land 2015.

My current activity. ….

I am currently traveling through all 159 counties in the state of Georgia to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. I started this trip on July 20th, 2015.

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7.30.2015 blog post

at my daughter Amy’s last night. She drove me out to GA 20 and the Lake Allatoona Bridge this morning. (the pick up point Tuesday) Not much paved shoulder today. Combine that with lots of traffic in both directions, and it makes for some slow going. Two funeral processions passed me today. I stop and remove my cap.

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Started late because someone overslept. Clear blue skies and temps between 85 and 95 degrees. The humidity was around 40 %. Lots of sweating going on and lots of drinking.

I entered Bartow County.

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Amy and the kids picked me up today and we had lunch at a mexican restaurant just outside BridgeMill in Canton.

Almost forgot, I had a flat on the left rear tire. I have the slime in them. I spun the tire around a bit to distribute the slime and used my hand pump to fill it with air and all is well. Their was one section of road that had no shoulder. I had to navigate down a dirt trail for a bit.

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I enjoy managing my resources.

Lots of folks blew horns and waved today. That could be because of the newspaper article yesterday.

The Dazer 2 dog deterrent

I have used one of these many times. I purchased a new one because I misplaced the original one. You point it at the dog and push the button for 1 to 2 seconds. The dog can hear it at approximately 20 feet but it works best at 5 to 15 feet. No harm comes to the animal from the noise, but it can startle them so you have to use it a safe distance from traffic.

Worked every time I used it.

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My view of the fight with alzheimers disease

Sometimes it seems that not many days go by without an article being written about an exciting find in the research world.

It’s hard to put a perspective or mind set to the situation. Millions have already been diagnosed and more are on the verge of diagnosis. Millions are in that place where a slowdown could change their lives.

If something could be found that could reverse alzheimers….. wow

The folks on the caregivers roles right now need help in that area.

In the past, humanity has always responded when given the resources. We find things. It can’t be done without money. It can’t be done without time. Society, it seems, will not devote time or money without being made aware.

Raising Awareness is the foundation for major change. We have to keep on making good noise.

This is real stuff, this alzheimers disease and it’s killing a lot of people. Patients need help and caregivers need help.

We can’t leave any part of society behind. We have to recognize that.

My thoughts at 7:51 pm on July 28th.

7.27.2015 – Cherokee County

The reporter and the photographer came out early to accommodate us. We appreciate it. The Cherokee Tribune had also provided coverage when we passed through this beautiful county in 2013.

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Tyler and Ethan covered a little ground with me this morning.

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I stopped at Fire Station 22 and one of the young men said “hi Jack” That was a surprise. It turns out that he is my friend on Facebook. It was great to meet him and 3 of the other firemen.

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As I was nearing the Cherokee County Courthouse this young man wanted to know what my story was. We chatted a few minutes. It turns out that he backpacked from Springer Mountain, GA to Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail.

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Yep, here it is. The picture of the Cherokee County Courthouse, Wilson and I.

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Ended the day at the Georgian Hills Restaurant in downtown Canton, with Amy, Tyler, Ethan and grandma.

The temperature reached 90 degrees and the humidity was 48%. I was soaking wet from sweating.

The Cherokee Tribune is much appreciated for coming out. The 2 young ladies were awesome. The story the one on the left writes and the picture the one on the right took will raise awareness.