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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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7 Awesome Promises to get you Through your Life Tribulations

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Photographer: Don Andrews

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes – who are they, and where did they come from?”  I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat.  For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’

 ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

Revelation 7:13-17 (NIV)

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I happened across this verse late one night while going through a file of old worn papers.  Now if you are a child of God you would know that there are no coincidences, and so I paused to really take in the words – maybe because ‘tribulation’ was truly my middle name at the time.

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Pssst! I have something to tell you!

 

Bench at Farley Hill, Barbados,

Photo by Gale E

 

I have something to tell you but you may need to sit down.

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Another word for fresh: Hot!

For the WordPress Photo Challenge we were asked to:

“For this week’s photo challenge, share with us a photo that expresses something fresh. This topic is particularly wide open to interpretation; you might take a macro shot of blades of green grass peeking through melting snow, or the condensation on a glass filled with mojito, made with freshly-squeezed limes. Maybe the sweet face of a puppy, or a landscape at sunrise, the fresh start of a new day. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!”

So I don’t have any snow in Barbados and I wouldn’t even attempt to make a mojito (although I admit to loving them) but I do know that whenever I think of the word ‘fresh’ the first thing that comes to mind is my mom’s baking as in some sweet smelling bread just out of the oven.

Seeing as how she now bakes in heaven, here is a photo of my blueberry ‘surprise’ muffins freshly baked and filled with love. They’re perfect with a cup of tea and a good book on a chilly evening aka niceness!

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Life can be funny sometimes …

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Day 2 of #NaBloPoMo and I’m doing a lot of thinking.

Because life can be funny sometimes.  Not in a ‘ha ha, let’s laugh at that good joke’ sort of way.  At least, that’s not how I felt in May or June (I forget which month now) when I pulled off the main road to take the photos I’m sharing with you here. 

It was a hot Saturday afternoon; no, it was a very hot Saturday afternoon.  I had taken my ailing aunt to the doctor earlier on and we were finally making our way home.   

As luck would have it, there had been an emergency with a patient so we ended up sitting in the doctor’s waiting room for almost two hours.  My aunt hates to wait, and so do I.  At 84 years old, she had fallen and hurt her hip.  She was in a lot of pain, so sitting on a hard chair that refused to conform to her body shape made her even more irritable.  It was a long two hours; no, it was a very long two hours.   

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At Church, They Were Saying She Had An ‘Odor’ – Part I

Photo Credit: G E Weithers

Photo Credit: G E Weithers

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

I hung up the phone in disbelief. A close family friend had called to relate a conversation they over-heard at church regarding my aunt.

“They are saying she has an offensive odor.”

“What? Are you serious?”

“Yes, they don’t want to sit in the pew next to her because it’s so bad.”

“I don’t understand. How bad is bad?”

“I don’t know … but are you sure … that she is bathing?”

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