Hi Everyone, I’d like to share another story with you about Kelci who walks in our Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Walnut Creek. She has a great story – and a great reason to Walk!
Papa, me and Grandma at my High School graduation in 2005
Before our family meeting with UC Davis staff regarding the diagnosis, I will admit that my attitude towards my Grandma’s predicament was a negative one. I blamed her for her fading memory – the soap operas she had watched for decades, her lack of motivation to participate in community activities or to even go and walk the dog. Arguments were a regular occurrence as I refused to believe that what was happening was out of her control. For my Papa and me, her behavior was illogical and the doings of an old lady that had nothing better to do then make trouble. It was a terrible, dark and embarrassing time for me as I now know what the real cause behind her actions were. As I reflect on those first few years, I start to realize that my harsh attitude was due to my denial of what was really causing the drastic change in my Grandma. Continue reading “Why I Walk: Kelci’s Story” »
Hi Everyone, I have been hearing some great stories about why people Walk and I wanted to share another one with you. This one comes from Doris, who walks in our Walnut Creek Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She is passionate about this cause, and I think you’ll understand why after reading about her experience!
My mother was first diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2007; she was only 58 years old at the time. My father and I were her main caregivers until December of 2012 when my mother was moved to an assisted living facility.
Mom getting ready for a Raiders game in 2009, two years after diagnosis.
The biggest challenge for our family was my mother’s denial of her disease and her aggression. She constantly fought the care we attempted to provide and would say that we all exaggerated her symptoms to make her seem worse than she was. So for the first five years, my father lived with my mother and we all attempted to manage her behavior the best we could.
Unfortunately, things spiraled out of my father’s control in October of 2012 when medical professionals realized we could no longer manage her at home. Continue reading “Why I Walk: Doris’s Story” »
The rule of thumb when talking to kids about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), is to be simple and honest, try and educate them (age-appropriately), and realize that they may be having a lot of feelings that they may not be able to – or want to – articulate. Those feelings may be wide-ranging, from concern about their loved one (many times this is a grand-parent), to conflicted feelings about their loved one’s caregiver (many times this is actually the child’s parent who now has less time for the child), to feelings of embarrassment around their peers. Continue reading “Talking to Kids about Alzheimer’s Disease” »
Corinne, Team Blondes
I am a board certified music therapist and work at a skilled nursing facility in San Francisco that specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Working every day with people who have the disease, I see the effects it has not only on them but on their family members and caregivers as well.
I got involved with Blondes vs. Brunettes through my work. I’m the captain for my building’s team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and a small note was included on an email asking for volunteers to help start this new fundraising event. I quickly jumped on the opportunity as I thought it would bring me to a group of people who want to stay physically active and who all care deeply about a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I was not disappointed. Continue reading “A Big BvB Thank You!” »