Tuesday, September 23, 2008

World Alzheimer's Day

September 21, was World Alzheimer's Day. Cammie at Myblog by Cammie is asking everyone to make a card for a caretaker of a person affected with Alzheimer's. You can send it to a caregiver that you know personally or send it to an address listed on her blog. She also has received a lot of donated blog candy from various individuals and companies to support this cause. Just a few companies to mention are Taylored Expressions, Unity Stamp Co. and Flourishes. Two individuals that donated are Sharon Johnson and Rose Ann Reynolds. Their creativity is awesome.

I am planning on sending my card to a friend that has been a caregiver for many years. She stayed with one elderly couple for over 5 years. She is faithful to each family, she stays with the same family till the very end. This job is not only a very demanding physical job, but a very emotional life style, there is only one outcome to this illness. Barbara Ann is my hero.

The card that I am sending to her is a very simple thank you card, just letting her know that she is appreciated and loved for all the extra things she does for her "extended families".


Anonymous said...

what a thoughtful way to say thank you for one of the hardest jobs around caring for an alzheimer patient. Thanks for the reminder.*

wanda said...

Beautiful card to a beautiful person from a beautiful person. I'm happy to call you my friend.

Pat said...

Wanda said it all, beautiful card from a beautiful person. You are awesome!!

karen c. said...

As a hospice & pallative care volunteer, you not only see patients with cancer, but those that have this dreadful disease and you don't have to be "old" to show signs. It is sad to see people that don't know their immediate family members, spouse, children, surroundings. Majority revert back to childhood days. It's like everything is in reverse except in a adult frame. Some even go back to toddler/infant stage. Yes, it is very hard for caregivers, who mainly are family members. If you know of someone that is caring for an alzheimer patient/family member, offer them respite or offer to run an errand for them. They don't get vacation days.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder.

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