September 11 Update:
We are about 2 weeks away from the big walk and I am thankful for the donations received to date and the walkers joining Nancy’s Crew! There is still time to make a donation and help me reach my goal of $1,000 and the team goal of $2,500 (lofty goals, yes). Help end Alzheimer’s and make a donation today:
Jackie and I have found ourselves amazed by the places we have seen and people we have met since retiring from teaching. Our motorhome has taken us around the country, as you can see, and we have such great memories of the state and national parks, wildlife encounters, and yes – the breweries that we found along the way. But for some of us, the memories that fill our lives are fleeting. Whisps of thought that hang at the edge of recollection. Such was the case for my paternal grandmother years ago and more recently for my mother. Dementia and Alzheimer’s took away those precious memories of a life well lived and family moments to treasure. If you have lived with a family member or close friend going through this transition, you know how difficult it is to experience.
This is a special post to share my plans to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You see it was last year that my mother, Nancy, died from complications of Alzheimer’s. She had lived with the slow loss of memory, recognition and awareness for over 10 years and dad was her constant companion and caretaker through the process. He insisted that she stay at home where surroundings were familiar to her and comforting. Of course it took a toll on him, as he became socially isolated and more and more responsible for her care.
As much as mom declined, he also worried about his ability to continue to care for her. Fortunately, their local hospice was able to increase their daily care and dad had help with her personal needs. My brothers and sisters pitched in to help over the years and we all did what we could, but it becomes a huge emotional and physical task.
This year I have decided that I needed to honor Nancy’s memory and do something – the kind of expectation she had for her children to be productive and active participants in life. To basically “get up off the couch and do something.” So this year I am sponsoring “Nancy’s Crew” – a team of family and friends who will be walking in the Battery at SunTrust Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) on September 28 and raising money to support research for the end of Alzheimer’s.
Please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, large or small, in support of my team or another that is local to you. It will make a difference. Of course I would love to hit my team’s goal, that’s why I am using my blog to encourage any level of support from my followers.
One of the last whispers that we would often hear from Mom was “it’s so hard.” Well, Mom, this isn’t hard for me to do for you. I’ll Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation on my fundraising page.
Thanks for your support.
*If you are in the Atlanta area and want to walk with us, visit my page and find the “Join My Team” button.
My team name is Nancy’s Crew.