“People Tell Me to Take Care of Myself…Yeah Right!”

Caregivers hear it often - "You should take care of yourself!" "Well how, exactly, am I supposed to do that?", many caregivers wonder to themselves as they politely smile and nod. It's true. It seems impossible. Care-giving is not just a full-time job, sometimes it is a bunch of full-time jobs. Are you the nurse? The … Continue reading “People Tell Me to Take Care of Myself…Yeah Right!”

Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

Phil and Kim Wilson have been happily married for seven years. Their home in Rome, Georgia is recognizable for its well-tended garden, ablaze with vibrant colors. Kim's children live nearby along with her grandchildren - 3 boys: Mason, Oliver and Dexter. Phil and Kim have a close-knit family and a wide circle of friends and colleagues, … Continue reading Living and Loving with Alzheimer’s Disease: Kim’s Story

For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

I am the first to admit that fundraising is not my strong suit. Which is exactly why I work on the programs and services team here at the Alzheimer's Association and not on the development team. But as I've said time and time again, it is going to take ALL of us working together AND … Continue reading For those of us who don’t love fundraising…

Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

“Something is wrong with mom!”  The realization is frightening no matter where you are, but especially when you live far away from a loved one exhibiting signs of dementia. What can you do when you live hours away and a phone conversation with your loved one turns into a confusing jumble of past conversations or … Continue reading Being a Long-Distance Caregiver

Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Davis

This is an interview with Rebekah Davis, who currently serves as the Program Director in the North Georgia Regional office of the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. Where did you grow up and where did you go to college? I grew up in Adairsville, GA. I graduated valedictorian from Adairsville High School. I earned a BS in … Continue reading Staff Spotlight: Rebekah Davis

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month!

  Have you heard?June is Alzheimer's &Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association is asking people across the world to take the Purple Pledge and join the international conversation about Alzheimer's disease. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer's, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. … Continue reading June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month!

Giving Care

I recently hosted two of my nieces, both with young babies.  While I marveled at what fine young women these two have become, I was also impressed with their mothering.  It’s a wonder to watch their patient, loving care of these very dependent little humans.  The countless interruptions, loss of sleep, and simply arranging one’s … Continue reading Giving Care

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week! I would like to sincerely thank the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter volunteers! I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the Volunteer and Outreach Manager for Metro Atlanta for more than 5 years. During that time, I’ve met volunteers from all walks of life. Undeniably, my favorite part of my job … Continue reading Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

No more excuses!

  The following is an excerpt from the book, The 36-Hour Day, by Mace and Rabins. This is a book that we at the Alzheimer's Association frequently encourage folks to purchase from us, or from their favorite book-seller because it's an excellent reference for caregivers. We do not encourage caregivers to read it cover to cover … Continue reading No more excuses!

“You have Alzheimer’s…Come back in six months”

I sat in my office on a crisp, cold day in January listening to “Sally*”, a 70 year old woman who had just been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease over the holiday season.    Recently, Sally had some tests done, a couple of scans, and after the results came in her doctor simply said:  “You … Continue reading “You have Alzheimer’s…Come back in six months”