Coming Home to Fight Alzheimer’s

By Janet C. Bussey, PhD Alzheimer's Association Champion Advocate Columbus, Georgia My mother was an accomplished career public school educator and active civic leader. I was living in Washington, D.C. and had retired after a long career as a social work administrator and assistant professor in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington, D.C. when I decided to move … Continue reading Coming Home to Fight Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s and Your Heart

By Trish Walker , Alzheimer's Association Volunteer  February is a time to share our hearts and Alzheimer’s needs yours.  Our vision is “A world without Alzheimer’s” but the daunting reality is: Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death, even more than breast and prostate cancers combined Every 66 seconds, someone will develop this deadly … Continue reading Alzheimer’s and Your Heart

Fighting Back Because They Can’t

By Tammy Kay Brunson  Alzheimer's Association Advocate Augusta, Georgia I attend Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol simply because my daddy can't. As a victim of Alzheimer's disease, his physical, mental, and emotional impairments would make it impossible for him to navigate the comings and goings of the events. He is just one of many Alzheimer's … Continue reading Fighting Back Because They Can’t

Handling LBD Alone

The word caregiver is defined by Merriam Webster as “a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill.” And while that definition is true, it lacks the profusion of sacrifices, effort and emotional strain that every caregiver must endure. One of the most resilient caregivers is Amy Washuta, a … Continue reading Handling LBD Alone

The Stages of Caregiving

Stage one of a patient: forgetfulness. Stage one of a caregiver: shock and skepticism. Stage two of a patient: changes in habits, confusion about day, time, place, and moodiness. Stage two of a caregiver: handling frustration and developing an understanding of the disease. Stage three of a patient: need round-the-clock care. Stage three of a … Continue reading The Stages of Caregiving

The Help of a Fidget Quilt

The human body is resilient, but Phillip Lawrence’s mind was even stronger. Phillip Lawrence was a veteran, motorcycle enthusiast, traveler, and an unreserved lover of life. The motorcycle accident that would change his life, handicap him and leave him unable to walk was not strong enough to crush his spirit. After the accident, he continued … Continue reading The Help of a Fidget Quilt

A Late Diagnosis & The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

How does one explain a sudden personality change in a loved one? Is elderliness to blame? When there is no concrete diagnosis, family members often times find themselves navigating the newfound change in the dark. Meet Charles Jimison, a native of West Virginia who was known for his gregarious and optimistic outlook on life. Throughout … Continue reading A Late Diagnosis & The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline

Breakfast with Bopie

Before 78. Happy and healthy. 165 pounds. A creature of habit, waking every morning at 7:30 to walk his two pugs, Jesse and Bruzer, as the inviting sun rises over the Florida beaches. The man I am describing is an enigma – the simplest, yet most complex being I have ever had the privilege of … Continue reading Breakfast with Bopie

Dan’s Caregiver Video Blog

Two of our heroes here at the Georgia Chapter, are Dan and his wife Denise. Denise was diagnosed with dementia at the young age of 56, about 3 1/2 years ago. Since then, their lives have changed dramatically. Inspired to use their voices about this terrible disease, both Dan and Denise have become Champions and Advocates … Continue reading Dan’s Caregiver Video Blog