Thank you to everyone that has helped get us here and to those that are following us.
“Across the Land” is a success. It purpose has been to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. This project, so far, has lasted 5 years.
My jogging stroller is extremely important to me. His name is Wilson. He was manufactured by the Bob Stroller Company.
This car went approximately 20,000 miles wearing those signs. Her name was the Bobomobile. This 96 Chevrolet Lumina was donated to us by Marcia Bobo.
The total, on foot mileage, so far, is approximately 16,800 miles.
The most rewarding part of the project, for me as an individual, are the conversations I have with caregivers.
Social media has turned out to be a good vehicle for “Across the Land”, so far approximately 10,378 posts were made on the WordPress blog. Almost 18,000 tweets were sent out. An estimated 25,000 post were made on Facebook.
Television, newspaper, magazine and radio interviews were many. Most of these interviews included a mention, and the number, of the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline.
- Over 50 television
- Over 100 newspaper
- Over 20 radio
- Over 6 magazine
Over 3000 bracelets and cards were given to individuals that had never partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association. The cards and bracelets contained the 24/7 Helpline phone number. The phone number is 1.800.272.3900 and it can be called anytime.
The “Charity Miles” application was a positive. It helped us raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and it helped raise awareness by posting our progress on Facebook and Twitter.
Meetings with folks that were chosen by others occured. Some imparted knowledge, to us, some raised awareness in large numbers.
The total followers on WordPress, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as of this morning is 16,294. The total views of the WordPress blog, as of today is over 250,000. Flyline Search Marketing built this blog and maintained it. Training for WordPress, for me, was provided by Flyline.
At times, the day to day was not pretty. It didn’t have to be. Persistence is pretty.
The amount of help received along the way was remarkable. We know also, help was there, that we will never know of. We are Grateful to be part of a project born with the idea to help in our global battle with alzheimer’s disease. Every 66 seconds, someone in America, is diagnosed with alzheimer’s. Their is no cure. My dad and millions of other folks, have died with this horrific disease.
I learned about success and I learned of failure. When something was successful, it was because of us. When something failed, it was because of me. I can live with that. I feel good in being part of success and I feel good about being able to live with my failures and get up and go again.
For now, I am part of another project also. (mom)
This is a lot to post about the project, but the project and the folks involved deserve that. It is Epic!
The most important aspect of this was the thousands of folks we may have impacted, in any way, that helped their lives. Many of the caregivers, patients and supporters I met along the way, are no longer with us.
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After working at this awhile, I was given this advice. “Educate yourself as much as possible and stay near the trenches.
I took the advice and it was the right thing to do. So for the last few years, I followed it. I read as much as possible from the;
- National Institute of Health
- National Institute on Aging
- Alzheimer’s Association
- 3 alzheimer’s support forums with over 50,000 members
- Articles sent to me via social media
- Articles I found through Google Searches
- Alzheimer’s bloggers
I used social media, texting, email and the telephone to remain in contact with;
- Alzheimer’s Association staff
- Senior Care Facilities
- Alzheimer’s bloggers
It was my choice to do what I do.
Mom’s care came along and added a new element. She is 88 years old. I made a decision on January 24th, 2016 to move in with her and her husband. He was in extreme pain from musculoskeletal issues. He passed away on March 12th, 2016.
Adding a caregiver role to my life has been more than I could handle, with the proper attitude. I’m working on that.
I have a lot of knowledge concerning alzheimer’s. Some self taught, most handed to me as a gift, from others.
I still have a lot to do.