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This man had an alzheimers connection

Sorry for his loss. It was a pleasure meeting them and chatting with them.

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Some more folks – took a photo for me

I think I met these two while asking them to take a picture for me. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with them.

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This lady just came from the Hike Inn

She told me that she is not fast, but can go far. She had been far when I met her today. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with her.

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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

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August 21st 2015 miscellaneous pictures

Taking off from the around georgia trek because my son and his family are home on vacation.

August 21st 2015. Amicalola Falls State Park. These two attended Fletcher High School in Jacksonville, Florida

August 21st 2015. Amicalola Falls State Park. These two attended Fletcher High School in Jacksonville, Florida

August 21st 2015  Amicalola Falls State Park.  A beautiful copperhead on High Shoals Church Rd

August 21st 2015 Amicalola Falls State Park. A beautiful copperhead on High Shoals Church Rd

August 21st 2015. Amicalola Falls State Park   The Woodys from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, GA

August 21st 2015. Amicalola Falls State Park The Woodys from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, GA

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FSU fans at Amicalola Falls State Park

Mark and I spoke with these folks for awhile. They both attend Florida State University. They are engineering students. We spoke of alzheimers disease.

August 21st 2015. Amicalola Falls State Park  FSU fans.

August 21st 2015. Amicalola Falls State Park FSU fans.

FSU is my favorite college football team.

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The stroller and Jack

The stroller came into being in 2012. I had been trying to figure out how I would carry the gear I would need across America in 2013.

I searched the internet and found the name Paul Staso. He had used a Bob stroller for long distance running.

To make a long story short, I purchased one from REI in Kennesaw, Georgia. It is a BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller.

My son named it Wilson.

Bob Revolution SE Jogging Stroller

Bob Revolution SE Jogging Stroller

It is harder physically to walk, jog and run with Wilson, but it ends up being more rewarding. It’s more rewarding because when I push it, more people talk with me and I share the information that may help them, concerning alzheimers disease.

We went almost 2,600 miles as a team in 2013.

Here is an interesting picture.

I think this was in New Mexico

I think this was in New Mexico

The stroller has always been very popular. The name Wilson came from the movie Castaway, starring Tom Hanks.

Wilson in Monument Valley, UT

Wilson in Monument Valley, UT

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Two categories of awareness

Their is the, yes, she or he has told me how bad it is, or even the, my mom has it and my sister takes care of her because they live 200 miles from here. Then their is the one that watches her mom 3 or 4 days a month so sis can get some rest.
All three of these tell me how bad they have heard it is.

Then their is the one that lives it. Their look is different. Their tone is different. One thing that is in common with both categories sometimes is what they speak of in front of other adults.

The first category doesn’t live through the things much that lots of people don’t want to hear about, so the emotions are not strong.

The second category lives and breathes it every day and their emotions are Strong!

But, even the second category keeps it clean, politically correct or whatever other term applies. Not all of them, but a lot of them. I can understand that. I think they deserve to be able to talk about it. Who knows, maybe nobody will listen though.

They don’t usually talk of

  1. Incontinence
  2. Anger
  3. Roaming
  4. The thoughts of why don’t others in my family help?
  5. My spouse, after 5 years of us taking care of my mother, wants a divorce.
  6. Guilty feelings because of thoughts I have sometimes.
  7. This is depleting my bank account.
  8. I can’t have fun anymore .
  9. Friends stopped coming around.
  10. Even relatives don’t come anymore.

People I met 2 and 3 years ago that did not mention the 10 things, or others, have been mentioning them lately.

I have spoke to tv and newspaper reporters about this “real” stuff and most said they knew it was bad, but not this bad.

Politically correctness does not have a priority overpeople’s lives being ruined and people dying.

We have to raise awareness of how it really is. We have to just tell the truth.

I was never a caregiver. I want everyone to always know that. My brother Denny and his wife Shirley took care of that job.

These are my thoughts. I could be way out in left field or maybe dead right.

Even being at someone’s home one time when they pee on themselves is SO different than seeing that 2 – 8 times every day and being the one that cleans it up.

I have no idea how being near those things every day would be. Sounds tough to be in the situation so many are in.

Raise awareness !!

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Veterans Center in Oklahoma

Clinton Veterans Center  in Oklahoma.

Clinton Veterans Center in Oklahoma.

They let me rest here for two nights in 2013. I learned a lot. I saw a lot of caring for our Veterans by some awesome people.

I met a lady here fighting cancer, but not wanting to leave her job in the alzheimers wing because she cared so much. She lost her battle with cancer, but oh my gosh, she loved her Veterans.

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Zachary from Atlanta – an alzheimers connection

His grandfather was William Fannin. Mr. Fannin was from Kentucky. He passed away with alzheimers disease.

August 12, 2015 at Blanket's Creek in Canton, Georgia

August 12, 2015 at Blanket’s Creek in Canton, Georgia

Zachary spoke about how tough the disease was on everyone involved.

This is a horrific disease. No survivors.