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Either you’ll have it, or have to look after someone who has it

Dedicated to all Moms who may have forgotten they are moms | Photo by Gale E
“My mother had early-onset Alzheimer’s, and it took her four years to die. She was only 44; I was 14.” ~ Karolyn Grimes

“I hate Alzheimer’s. It is one of the most awful things because, here is a loved one, this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years, and suddenly, that person is gone. They’re gone. They are gone.” ~ Pat Robertson

“I’m in awe of people out there who deal with Alzheimer’s, because they have to deal with death 10 times over, year after year.” ~ Marcia Wallace
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Alzheimer’s, Dementia … mention these diseases to me and I get really angry.  I am angry because they tear the patriarchs of our family away from us. I am angry because these diseases eat away not only at bodies but at minds once brilliant and shining, leaving nothing but ashes blowing in the smoke of obliterated memories. I am angry as I watch atrophied muscles in legs and arms refusing to cooperate, under dimmed eyes which always seem to ask: “who are you, where am I, how did I get here, why don’t I know any of these people?” These questions really cut to the heart when it’s your mom (or dad) wondering what’s going on.

But in case you didn’t truly know …

  • The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.

Because of the increasing number of people age 65 and older in the United States, particularly the oldest-old, the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to soar. Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

Source: http://www.alz.org/facts/

If you haven’t seen the movie “Still Alice” starring Julianne Moore I invite you to download it and find a quiet moment where you can watch uninterrupted.  After you have recovered from all of the emotions, take a breath and then watch this interesting and informative TED Talk by Lisa Genova, author of the book Still Alice (on which the movie is based) as she speaks to the audience on how we can possibly avoid Alzheimer’s. I for one will seriously need to catch up on my sleep and attempt to learn new things more often.

But what about you? Is anyone in your family affected by this terrible disease? Are you a caregiver? How has it affected you? What have you learnt from the experience?  In observation of Mother’s Day I am inviting you to please share your story; someone out there needs to know they are not alone in this struggle.

Click here for a little of my personal journey: Alzheimer’s is Real – Part IAlzheimer’s is Real – Part II; to read more thoughts simply search this blog using the word: Alzheimer’s.

 


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WordPress Photo Challenge: Motion

The Challenge: “This week, share your photographs that have captured motion, and tell us the stories behind the images.”

The story behind the pics: “Here are some photos I took when I visited Grenada earlier this month. My hotel room faced the sea and early every morning people could be seen walking up and down the beach. I wasn’t able to join them but was impressed at everyone’s commitment to exercising and keeping their bodies in motion. Best of all, I could return to these photos for the challenge!”

Click here for more motion photos and to see my second thoughts on ‘motion‘ post.

 


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A healthy breakfast … is worth it!

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Hope you’re not one of those people who skip breakfast and although I can easily exchange a protein shake or fruit smoothie for some good old scrambled eggs with bacon this photo shows one of my best breakfasts ever. Unfortunately there was no-one with me to enjoy it as I was relaxing at the airport during a layover between South Africa and New York en route to Barbados.

Doesn’t it look absolutely divine? Freshly squeezed orange juice, granola with yogurt and fruit, all topped off with a nice cup of coffee.  One word: yummy! Admittedly my breakfast does not look like this normally and that’s why I savored every last mouthful to the max 🙂

Eating healthy takes effort and planning, and that extends to making sure you have a healthy breakfast every day. It may be easier to eat toast or a sandwich but is it the best thing for your body (especially if it’s like mine – made of mostly hips and thighs)? Is munching on an apple enough or do our bodies need more? I am honestly not sure but I usually have a cup of green tea or a protein shake followed by an egg either boiled or scrambled with bacon and veggies like sweet peppers.  On super days I have what’s shown in the photo – because that’s one of the benefits of travelling all over the world and eating on the go.

But what’s your favorite breakfast?  Do you eat healthy every single day? What’s the healthiest breakfast you’ve ever had? Please share!


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Hot Flash Barbie

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This is what my Barbara Johnson calendar said for January 21:

“Have you heard about the new Barbie dolls? Hot Flash Barbie: Press Barbie’s bellybutton, and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead.  Comes with handheld fan and tiny tissues.”

Boy can I relate!  I didn’t even know I was having hot flashes when my menopause started.  That’s because I would ‘flash’ intermittently while at home on holiday (this was in December of 2012) and so I assumed it was a result of living in the tropics and being away from my air conditioned office.   Continue reading


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When Lost Can Become Found

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Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

I wrote a post about the futility of worrying recently, especially when you feel as though you are going to lose something and then eventually lose it – after working yourself into a frenzy with worry.

In my post I wrote about what I call my three “D’s” i.e. down-sizing, divorce and death.  I was separated twice before finally getting divorced.  I was an emotional wreck and it was one of the worst times in my life.  I worried about our young son and his emotional well-being, about being able to pay the bills, about sorting out who got what, about what people would say (and people were already ‘saying’) … heavy sigh.

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