Friday, November 13, 2015

Five on Friday: Alzheimer's Facts

Happy Friday Friends! 


As many of you that visit here often know, I'm a caregiver for my Mother-in-law with Alzheimer's disease. My family and friends mean everything to me, and my in-law's are no exception. My MIL has been one of my best friends for many years and was there for me many times throughout my life (I've known here since I was a teenager). She is not herself anymore, but I feel blessed that I'm now able to be there for her at this time of her life. I pray that medical folks are truly on the verge of finding a cure for this awful disease! I thought I would share some facts about it with you today.





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*Almost 2/3 of those with the disease are women.




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*It's the only cause of death, out of the top 10 in the U.S., that can not be prevented or cured.





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*Every 67 seconds in the U.S. someone develops the disease.






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*It's the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or dementia.






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*More than 60% of caregivers rate the emotional stress of caring for their loved one as high or very high.




This information is found at www.alz.org  I'm linking with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.




29 comments:

  1. My dear friend...
    I admire you so very much.
    I know firsthand the horribleness that is this disease.
    My dear father suffered from and passed from Dementia.
    A wonderful nurse told us that this disease takes your loved one from you twice.
    First...from the disease. And finally, from death.
    We were blessed that in the last month of his life, my dad's mind returned as his body gave in.
    Prayers and love to you.

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    1. Thanks so much Billie Jo. Your story, kind heart & friendship mean so much to me. Blessings sweet Lady. XO

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  2. What a heartfelt post! And such a beautiful gift it is that you are able to return the 'favor' in a way by caring for your mil now. And such a blessing that you truly knew her before she developed the disease. My grandfather developed the disease before I was old enough to really remember his personality but I know it was so hard on my mom and all of my family. but they told enough wonderful stories abou what a great man he was that I feel like I knew him - enough so that I named my son after him! I like to imagine that one day when caregivers meet their loved ones again in heaven, full mental health restored, there will be much rejoicing and gratitude for all they did. (The same grandma that just passed away was wife and caregiver to my grandpa so that image has been in my heart lately.). It takes a special person to do what you do! :)

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    1. My sweet Laura - thanks so much for sharing with me. My MIL was such a close friend & I love the thought of one day things being as they were again between us.
      Please know what a precious friend you are to me. I'm so blessed to have such support from my blog land family. XO Blessings!

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  3. Thank you for posting this. My mom died of Alzheimer's. It's a horrid disease, robbing one not just of their mind, but of their dignity. Very tragic. Hopefully science will soon come up with some sort of scrubbing bubbles for the brain.

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    1. Amen to that Judy!! I pray for that all the time. Blessings my Friend. XO

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  4. An incredible post Carrie. This is such a terrible illness to suffer from, and you are so right that it doesn't just affect the person with the illness, it is their carers and families who are affected too. You are a wonderful person in all that you do for and with your MIL and I am sure that your family must really appreciate that, especially the time that it gives your FIL. I know that you don't do what you do for applause, but really, you deserve it because it is an incredible job that you undertake, as well as the rest of your family. Thank you for highlighting this issue in your post. Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend, you really are wonderful lady! Hugs and all good thoughts to you and your MIL. xx

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    1. Aawww- thanks so much Amy. Such sweet kind words that go straight to my heart. I feel that helping her (& the family) is truly a labor of love. But such loving support from my blog land family means so much to me! Blessings to you my dear Friend. XO

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  5. Carrie, I know from reading here that you are such a support to your MIL, looking after her, entertaining her, keeping her safe. A special lady who is sadly not the person she was. It must be a difficult and exhausting job at times but know that I think you are doing wonderfully and are an absolute angel. xx

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    1. Oh Alison - I can't say enough how such sweet words of support touch my heart. I'm just so emotional reading all of these wonderful comments. It means so much. So thanks again & blessings to you my dear Friend. XO

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  6. Such a brave and incredible journey for you all. Sending you a big virtual hug.

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    1. Thank you So so much!! I feel that hug & it warms my heart. Blessings to you!! XO

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  7. You are truly an angel here on earth Carrie. I have such admiration for you, I can't even begin to express it. You not only never complain about taking care of your mil, but you make it clear you feel it is your privilege.

    xxx

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    1. Oh Doreen! Now you did it - I'm so emotional reading these comments, but now I'm a blubbering mess!! Your sweet support & kindness mean SO much to me. I do feel honored to help this person that was one of the kindest most giving persons I know. But it does get hard - so precious words like this help so much. Blessings sweet Friend. XO

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  8. This is a truly beautiful post. No one knows how hard it is to care for someone with Alzheimers unless they have done so. We lost our Dad to the disease almost five years ago. My Mom cared for him steadfastly for years and it took its toll on her. Her strength is something I admire greatly. And I admire you as well. God bless you and your MIL. Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Oh Marie - thank you so much!! Your support means so much. I bet your Mom is one strong Lady! I can't imagine dealing with this disease with someone so close to you. Thanks for sharing & blessings to you! XO

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  9. It's such a sad disease, and I so admire you for what you do!

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    1. Thanks so much Mari! I know you see the effects in your daily life at work. Blessings to someone like you that touches the lives of these folks& their families. XO

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  10. It is such an awful disease, we went through this with my step father, it is so hard to be strong when the person you knew is disappearing day by day:)

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    1. It is so awful! Your kind words mean so much though - so thank you Rosie. Blessings. XO

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  11. It is an awful illness and so hard to watch loved ones slip away from being themselves. I must imagine it's pretty hard for them too, especially at the beginning but the fact that they're cared for by people they love must make all the difference to them x

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie! Yes, at the start of the process when my MIL was aware of how much she was slipping it was gut wrenching. We had many a good cry & I have lots of pep talks then. Truly the darkest days of this process. Thanks for your kind words. Blessings to you. XO

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  12. I don't know what happened to what I wrote. 4 of 6 of my father's sisters have/had Alzheimer's. My sister's and my cousins worry about it. I took care of a few Alzheimer's patients, when I worked for the Neenah-Menasha VNA. You are doing a great job, and I like the way your family takes turns with Mom/MIL/Grandma. As you show us you can still have fun. I had one pt who thought I was one of her old grade school friends. We had fun puttering around the house. Checked on the baby every afternoon. She had married a widower with 6 children and had at least one of her own. Lots of babies in her day!
    OXOX
    Margot

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    1. Wow Margot! I can't even begin to imagine having so many family members affected. They need to find a cure!!! I agree about staying positive & still having fun. I feel blessed my MIL is still so easy going & that we're able to do that. Thanks so much for sharing with me dear Friend - it means so much! XO

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    2. Stephanie is right, my cousin told me last October that her mom was so depressed when she realized she was getting Alzheimers. She was a nurse. My dad was frustrated when he got forgetful.
      I like Judy's idea of scrubbing bubbles!!!
      I was surprised to see the statistic that women get it more than men.
      Have a great week!!!

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  13. This post stopped me in my tracks. What a kind and generous person you are. That last poem I've read before but it hits hard. Well done you. Stay strong x

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    1. Thanks so much Selma! Your support means so much. It's hard but a true labor of love. Blessings sweet Gal. XO

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  14. What a great post!! You do such a wonderful job with your MIL, I love how you have shared your experiences on your blog, and pics of you and her doing things, I feel like I know her!! This is such a devastating disease, and until you have a loved one with it, you cannot comprehend it. My Great Grandmother had it, and my friend’s mother had it as well. That last poem brought a tear to my eye.

    I remember reading a fictional story a couple years ago, I think it was by Karen Kingsbury, but one of the characters worked with Alzheimer’s patients. It was really interesting how they were portrayed and how she interacted with them, I think the key thing was she would interact with them in the memories that they were having, even though they were memories from the past. I’ll have to find the title of the book, and share it with you.

    Big hugs to you my dear friend. It makes all the difference when you are cared for by such a loving person like yourself, and I can see it in the pics you share with us of your MIL. XX

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  15. Thanks so much my dear bloggie Bestie. ;) Such loving support means so much and helps a lot!
    I would love to get the scoop on that book. It sounds really good.

    Big hugs back at ya. xoxo

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