Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Faces of Alzheimer's

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Month.
Last week I blogged about my mother.(click here) The photo below is of my friend Lynn and me celebrating her 60th birthday in October, 2007. I took Lynn to an unknown destination (to her) for the celebration. We had a wonderful overnight at Shaker Village in central Kentucky. No, we don't have Alzheimer's (yet). We were caregivers of our mothers who were both victims of the disease. Lynn's mom, Martha, had passed away just a week before Lynn's birthday. Lynn and I have been close friends for many years. We grew even closer supporting each other while taking care of our mothers. If you are an Alzheimer's care giver, make yourself a cup of tea and click here for a Caregiver Stress Check.

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:
· There are nearly 10 million Americans providing 8.4 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias – valued at $89 billion.
· 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, cared for by family and friends.
· A quarter-million American children 8 to 18 years old are providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
· There are between 1 and 1.4 million “long-distance caregivers” in the United States. About 1 million of these caregivers live more than two hours away from their loved ones.


Paula said...

My grandmother had Alzheimers. It's a terrible, awful disease. We know how it robs its victim of memory and life, but it can rob everyone in that persons life of making more good memories. I applaud everyone who provides care for a Alzheimers patient. You two are so fortunate to have each other as friends!!!

mjenningsdesigns said...

Thanks for this awesome post!

Winifred said...

My step mother is sufferng from dementia and it's so sad to see her declining. She is such a lovely kind person. It seemed to start after my Dad died but maybe he helped hide the problem.

I'm so pleased you have your friend Lynn and that you enjoyed a lovely time together.

Janeen said...

Beautiful post!

La Tea Dah said...

God bless you for your tender loving care. My husband's grandmother will be 105 this December. For the past 10 years she hasn't known anyone, living only in the moment. She's still precious, but it's so sad to observe her become a shell of who she was before.


Geri said...

So sorry to hear about Lynn's mother, and I can only imagine how hard is to take care of a parent suffering from Alzheimer's because although my Mom doesn't have the disease, she does have schizophrenia and me and my sister have taken care of her for over 20 years. Because you and your friend have been affected by Alzheimer's I thought I'd pass along this post that you might find helpful http://www.newrinkles.com/index.php/archive/can-you-prevent-alzheimers/ and I just wanted to say I love the whole tea thing you've got going on. My husband and I visited London in the late 90s and we just loved it.


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