November is also…

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Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”

President Barack Obama, NFC Month Proclamation 2012

I am a big Alzheimer’s advocate, but my journey has led me to become just as big or even bigger advocate for caregivers. You never know where life experiences will lead you and when my first reaction was to fight the hand dealt to me, I choose to work with it and become a voice for others.

Caregiving is selfless, even when you don’t want it to be. In all honesty there are times when you want your moments, when you want your time and depending on the nature of the illness or disease of your loved one or the one that you’re in care of, you just are not able to break away. YOU – caregiver have to change your thought process, your life and your emotions…YOU, in order to be the best you and to be the best caregiver.

This isn’t a competition, it’s doing what needs to be done to the best of your ability, finding a way sometimes out of no way and knowing no matter how small the deed, you’re making a difference even if it’s not recognized by anyone.

So this former caregiver says to you…. thank you for all that you do, during the weary nights and long days, take a bow, give yourself a pat on the back, and a BIG hug from me.

If you wish to honor a caregiver go here: http://www.alz.org/care/honor-caregiver.asp

 

Pamela

 

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November is….

 

Alz Month

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes.

These neurons, which produce the brain chemical, or neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, break connections with other nerve cells and ultimately die.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of intellectual function, among people aged 65 and older.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.  **

Help join in to fight this disease. #ENDALZ

** Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)

 

 

Pamela

 

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October 27th – Happy Birthday Mom

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If you’re blessed to have a good one, even better a great one, there’s nothing like a Mother’s love.  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my mom, think about how much impact she’s had and still has on my life, how often I wonder about my future because I don’t have her in it anymore and when will the pang of pains not be so hard felt?

So now I try to honor her the best way I can and ask God to help me do so. I keep her memory alive within me and pray for a continued healthy mind that I will always remember and when I have children of my own I will be able to tell them about her and my dad. I work to keep my mind active because I know from caring for her how sad and challenging it can be when your mind goes from Alzheimer’s. I work to keep my mind active for her.

Happy Birthday in Heaven Mom you are missed, but you are loved and I know you are in the greatest company. xoxo

 

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Today is World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. This years theme is “Living with schizophrenia” with a focus on living a healthy life with schizophrenia.*

While this year’s focus is schizophrenia, this day is a perfect day to be aware of other forms of  mental health illness and to be part of the discussion to “stop the stigma”!

Having a loved one with any form of mental illness will no doubt affect your life, cause you to have moments of uncertainty about going out in public together and/or feelings of embarrassment, but take the time to become more educated on whatever form of illness your love done is afflicted with.

Learn how to be as best of a caregiver and care manager you can be or what facilities and doctors you’ll need if you choose the latter path. Learn what new and/or best treatments are out there, ask questions, research and most importantly be a voice!

Be a voice for the illness, for the cause or charity supporting the illness or just be a voice for the person you love. Being vocal gets the ball rolling to “stop the stigma”.

#worldmentalhealthday  #alzheimersawareness  #endalz

 * World Health Organization

 

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