August 20, 2017
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is just six days away! I have been attending the walk yearly since 2011. My father in law had the illness, which cost the family immeasurable amounts of time, money and suffering. There is no way to know exactly when the onset of the disease occurred, but he began to do ‘funny things’ with his money about 20 years before his death in 2008. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of the brain and it often begins in the prefrontal cortex where executive decision making occurs.
I love the Alzheimer’s Association because they help educate families about how to best manage the behaviors and ramifications of the disease. I think everyone should receive the education so they can be prepared in advance in case a relative begins to show the signs of dementia. Alzheimer’s is one form of dementia. Think of dementia as the genus and Alzheimer’s as the species. There are many types of dementia. Forewarned is forearmed. And it is a battle, believe me. A good book to read is The 36 Hour Day. Another good book is Aging With Grace, by William Snowden, because it gives us hope that we can perhaps prevent the disease through life choices and preventative measures. As I always say, we can try to age with grace, but the rest is up to God.
So please come and walk with us and show your support for the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias on Saturday, August 26, at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 9:00. We are going to take a van and a sedan full of people if you want to meet us at the clubhouse located at 3100 Old Todds Road, Suite 170, because parking downtown can be challenging. We will leave the clubhouse at 8:30. Please just let me know that you would like a ride by calling 859 539 2147. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. It takes money to help families and to research ways to fight dementia. You can donate at the walk or go to our team page http://act.alz.org/goto/AGING_WITH_GRACE and donate online. Thank you and may God bless you and yours.