Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 2009 - Alzheimer's Awareness Month

It's November 2009 and Alzheimer's Awareness is upon us once again. If only the grocery stores carried products with purple ribbons on them, like they do in October for breast cancer awareness. Because so many families in this country are affected by Alzheimers dementia! If you are affected, please put a purple ribbon where people can see it, and take the time to explain a little about it to anyone who shows an interest.
As our population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease seems to be increasing. Several of my friends have had parents with Alzheimer's. Some had to quit their jobs to care for their parents, others had to deal with the constant stress of frequent travel to check on their parents and help meet their needs. How you handle it is never an easy choice; it requires balance and the ability to change as the disease changes.
I'm thinking it's time I look around my own community to see if there is an Alzheimer's memory walk of some kind this month. While I was caring for my Mom, it was too hard to participate in that kind of thing. But I think I'm ready now.

Monday, August 17, 2009


It has been 18 months since my Mother's passing and all of us still miss her. But we are moving forward and have left much of the painful memories behind. I found a little bottle of her perfume still in our bathroom closet where I put it before she went to the nursing home. Lately I've been wearing it. The fragrance makes me feel very close to her. I don't think I could have worn it last year, but time is healing the wounds left by Alzheimer's and I am grateful.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Anniversary Of My Mother's Death Approaches

February will bring the first anniversary of my Mother's death from Alzheimer's disease. We miss her very much! My first Christmas without her was so hard... I didn't expect that. Even with all my kids home, there was such a hole without my mom.
Throughout this past year I have tried to establish new traditions for holidays that remind me of her, or honor traditions that were important to her for that holiday. For example, my mother always served some kind of cabbage dish on New Year's Day to bring good luck in the coming year. This year, I made delicious egg rolls filled with ground chicken and Napa cabbage! It reminded me of her, even though she usually made cabbage rolls or red cabbage with apples.
I think it's important for loved ones to continue remembering in positive ways the person they have lost. I have many special traditions to look forward to this year, like taking an Easter lily to someone in a nursing home on Easter, sending flowers anonymously to a 'forgotten' or single mom on Mother's Day, buying food for the homeless on Thanksgiving, etc.
Thanks Mother, for making my life richer and more meaningful not only when you were alive but now and in the future. I love you.