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.