In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we’re highlighting Alzheimer’s stories from around the world. Today, we have a poem from Norm, who lives in the UK. Norm lives with dementia and blogs about his experience here: Norm’s Blog.
I Haven’t Got the Plague
As I walked through town today, I saw a friendly face,
But as he walked towards me, he then walked past with pace,
I’m sure that he had seen me, and saw my friendly wave,
I’ve only got Dementia, and not Bubonic plague…
Why do people treat me so, why are they so cruel…
I’m just the same as them, not some bumbling fool,
Some are friends I have known, all my working life,
Who used to chat and laugh, to both me and my wife…
But now most of them act as if I don’t exist…
And all the good times that we had are just a distant mist… Continue reading “World Alzheimer’s Month: I have dementia, not the plague!” »
September is World Alzheimer’s Month and eBay is joining the fight! eBay is supporting our efforts by hosting a celebrity charity auction online. They will also be donating to the Alzheimer’s Association through their “Give at Checkout” program and will be supporting a $5,000 Tweet Challenge Match. eBay employee Margaret Millett is a wonderful advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause and played a huge roll in getting eBay involved this year. Her hard work and dedication is a great example of how one person can make a big difference. Margaret was kind of enough to share this blog about her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s and the role eBay has played along the way.
When It’s On Your Mind, It’s on eBay – Keeping it Real for My Mom
By Margaret Millett
It was a remarkable occurrence that brought me to eBay at a crossroads in my life in 2008. When eBay initially contacted me about joining the company, I was not that interested in moving to California. Truth be told, I was living in Ireland and looking for a new job. Continue reading “When It’s On Your Mind, It’s On eBay – Keeping It Real for My Mom” »
In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we’re highlighting Alzheimer’s stories from around the world. Today’s story comes from a caregiver in Santiago, Chile – Elena Muñoz Iván’s. She writes a beautiful blog about her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and about people’s perception of honesty and truth. You can read her original post in Spanish here: Corporacion Alzheimer Chile: A todos ustedes, admirables cuidadores, los que conozco a traves de mi papá y mi hermana.
When I was a little girl, I was told about elves, guardian angels, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, fathers and mothers that were capable of protecting us from any danger and a heaven where grandparents, brothers, sisters and everyone whom we loved and “were good” went when they died. Continue reading “World Alzheimer’s Month: A Look at Alzheimer’s Through Elena’s Eyes” »
In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we’re highlighting Alzheimer’s stories from around the world. We start in the Philippines with a story by Mona Sabalones Gonzalez, a writer, editor and blogger whose mother has Alzheimer’s disease. Mona wrote this poignant tribute to her mother, a stylish, smart, strong, loving woman. She gives helpful advice to readers about giving care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s – it’s a great reminder of how the Alzheimer’s experience is the same in so many ways all across the world. Read the original post on Mona’s hubspot: Alzheimer’s: When it hits home, or read more by Mona at her blog: monasabalonesgonzalez.blogspot.com.
I grew up in a family of strong personalities – both parents and six siblings. But in the end, my mother, a housewife, proved to be strongest and most intelligent of us all. Continue reading “World Alzheimer’s Month: A look at Alzheimer’s in the Philippines” »
Leave a comment below to let us know about the everyday heroes in your life! In honor of Alzheimer’s Action Day on September 21, we are highlighting 21 Everyday Heroes. Today, we’re rounding out our last heroes by highlighting the amazing people with Early Stage Alzheimer’s in one of our support groups. This extraordinary group meets to support each other, share stories, give advice — but they are passionate about raising awareness of what it’s like to have this disease. We’ll be featuring content on our blog from them as they tell us what they want everyone to know about Alzheimer’s. For starters, they answer the question “What advice would you give someone who was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?” Here’s what they have to say:
- Find a group! You be able to learn from others, identify with what others are talking about and feel supported by the group. It’s an opportunity to speak openly and honestly.
- Talk to a physician about Alzheimer’s disease and make sure they do a brain scan
- At the beginning, we felt: Anger – didn’t want to tell everyone; Denial – thinking it will go away; Vulnerability – my role was taken away from me; Sadness – I didn’t think it was true
- Just give yourself time and freedom
- Keep trying, even on the rough days
- This disease is challenging
- Routine can be comforting
- It’s not going to go away
- Go with the flow
Georgina walks with Team Granny Goose in memory of Grandma Mary
Leave a comment below to let us know about the everyday heroes in your life! In honor of Alzheimer’s Action Day on September 21, we are highlighting 21 Everyday Heroes. Today, meet Georgina Duran Goyer, our 18th everyday hero. As of today, Georgina is the top fundraiser for her team “Team Granny Goose” with Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Fresno. Georgina lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s just last year and is taking action against the disease. She’s already raised more than $1,400, and needs a little help to reach her $3,000 goal! Donate to Georgina and Team Granny Goose here: Donation page of Georgina Duran Goyer. Learn more about how you can raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease at www.alz.org/wam.