Art Donovan’s “ALZ on the AT”

Inspired by my mother, Theresa, and by her strength and the wonderful person that she is, even as she battles Alzheimer’s disease, I am hiking the entire 2190 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT).

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Art Donovan begins his own Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

In 1968, while on a family vacation in Baxter State Park, Maine, my mother made an off-hand comment that she’d like to walk the Appalachian Trail (AT) someday. A sign describing this iconic footpath from Maine to Georgia is what prompted this comment. I don’t remember much more about that part of the trail, and mom never did hike the AT, but that comment has stuck with me for 50 years.

Inspired by my mother, Theresa, and by her strength and the wonderful person that she is, even as she battles Alzheimer’s disease, I am hiking the entire 2190 miles of the AT. I stepped off onto the trail February 28, 2018 in my own Walk to End Alzheimer’s. As anyone who knows or has known someone with this disease can attest to, Alzheimer’s not only affects the individual, but also has a tremendous impact on their family, friends, caregivers, and others. Although Alzheimer’s has ensured that mom can no longer join me in this endeavor, she has a map of the AT on her wall and family keep her updated on my progress. I hope that visiting her will be my final destination on this adventure.

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Art, his mother, and siblings (2011).

My goals, along with those of my supportive wife and family, are two-fold. First, of course, is the completion of the entire AT, from Georgia to Maine. The second, and I feel is the most important goal, is to raise awareness of and funding for more research and education into this devastating disease. My generation, the ‘boomers’, have now entered into the high-risk age for Alzheimer’s disease. It is time to discover the causes, develop effective management strategies, and to eventually find a cure, now!

I have met so many wonderful and interesting people on this journey so far and everyone has their own reason for the hike. If we have the chance, I tell them about my reason and hope that one step at a time, I can make a difference.

Beautiful view from Janes Bald

I have the goal to hike all 2190 miles of the AT, but I have not even contemplated a fundraising goal. To date I have walked over 400 miles since I started and raised over $3600 for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am amazed and truly humbled by the generosity of the people that have supported my goal of raising funds for this disease. I am asking for donations of at least a penny per mile of the AT (that’s just $21.90). It’s not much, but if lots of people join in, we can make a huge difference.

Come walk with me, physically or virtually, by visiting the Facebook page Art Donovan on the Appalachian Trail or through our tribute page on the Alzheimer’s Association website: act.alz.org/goto/ALZontheAT. We welcome and appreciate your support. If you would like to hike a part of the AT with me, please send me a message through the Facebook page and we will try to arrange it.

Thank you!

Art Donovan, aka ‘CraftE’

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Five Tips for Breaking Down Alzheimer’s Stigma

Alzheimer’s disease is the only top ten cause of death that does not have any sort of treatment to slow the progression of the disease. Many individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease face discrimination due to stigma. This stigma can prevent many individuals from obtaining information about the risks of the disease or participating in clinical trials.

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A survey focusing on stigma was recently published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The survey features the responses of 317 individuals based on their thoughts of a description of a man with mild-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

The results show that 73.8% of respondents think that the individual would not be able to remember recent events. 63.4% think that the individual would face employment discrimination. 55.3% think that the individual would be excluded from medical decision-making. While Alzheimer’s affects everyone differently, these are generally symptoms of the later stages of the disease not mild-stage.

There are several large clinical trials that are working towards finding potential therapies by 2025. It is important to reduce stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease in order for individuals to be willing to participate in these trials.

“The unfortunate stigma associated with Alzheimer’s may prevent people from getting the diagnosis they need or the opportunity for early intervention that could improve their quality of life. We need to reduce the stigma to encourage persons with mild or even no symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease to enroll in prevention trials to find effective treatments. These survey findings could also have implications on the national goal of developing an effective therapy by 2025,” says Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer’s Association.

The following tips can help to overcome Alzheimer’s stigma. A29Q4675

    1. Be open and direct.
      Engage others in discussions about Alzheimer’s disease and the need for prevention, better treatment and an eventual cure. If you are living with Alzheimer’s, engage with others like you on our message boards.
    2. Communicate the facts.
      Sharing accurate information is key to dispelling misconceptions about the disease. Whether a pamphlet or link to online content, offer information to help people better understand Alzheimer’s disease. Learn the facts about Alzheimer’s and find an education program near you.
    3. Seek support and stay connected.
      It is important that we stay engaged in meaningful relationships and activities with family and friends. Caregivers or those in the early stages should consider joining a support group. Building a strong network is critical.
      Contact your local chapter about an early-stage support group near you.
    4. Don’t be discouraged.If people think that Alzheimer’s disease is normal aging, see it as an education opportunity. Denial of the disease by others is not a true reflection of those living with the disease. Tips for helping family and friends.
    5. Be a part of the solution.
      As a member of your community, use your voice to help raise awareness, end stigma and advocate for more Alzheimer’s support and research.
      Learn how you can take action in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

If you have any questions, call the 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Learn more about the Central and North Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association:

As Alzheimer’s Disease Prevalence and Cost of Care Rises, State Respite Funding Does Not Keep Up with Demand

As Alzheimer’s Disease Prevalence and Cost of Care Rises, State Respite Funding Does Not Keep Up with Demand

  • Florida’s new legislative budget fails to serve growing needs of families facing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • New Alzheimer’s Association report reveals sharp increases in Alzheimer’s prevalence and cost of care in Florida.
  • Florida rose from 520,000 people in our state living with Alzheimer’s to just over 540,000 in one year.
  • In the next seven years, an increase of new cases of the disease is projected to grow 33.3% in Florida according to the new Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
  • Less than a third of the recommended funding for respite care was approved this year leaving little to assist in critical care for Floridians living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
  • Community Care for the Elderly and the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (both with waiting lists to provide care services to Floridians in desperate need) received less-than-modest increases this year; inadequate to serve the growing needs of Florida families facing Alzheimer’s.
  • Thousands are on the waiting lists for other state respite care programs, but the funding provided for this year was not enough to make a significant impact on the size of these lists.
  • This is a missed opportunity in Florida that couldn’t come at a worse time for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families given the emotional, financial and physical burden of this disease.

“ Respite care for me and my family, while caring for my sister with early onset Alzheimer’s, was like winning the lottery. When we could afford it we had someone come in 2 hours a week to bathe my sister, but that two hours was a gift. It may not seem like much but to have the ability to walk away from caregiving even for a short period of time can make all the difference in the world. It can help re-energize the caregiver and keep them healthy. At one point we were gifted some respite hours from our local Adult Day Care facility and that helped allow us to do some “normal” things like go to Target or grocery shopping. It may not seem like much but small things like that can make a huge difference,” says caregiver and Floridian Laura Oldt.

  • In Florida, more than 1.1 million​ caregivers provided a total of 1.27 billion​ hours of unpaid care last year. This care is valued at a total of $16.13 billion. The estimated lifetime cost of care for an individual living with dementia is $341,840.
  • The long duration of illness before death contributes significantly to the cost of care and public health impact of Alzheimer’s disease with those is the last stages in a state of disability and dependence.
  • Caregivers themselves face a higher health care cost of $793 million more than non-caregivers. Emerging research suggests that the physical and mental stress of providing dementia care increases caregivers’ susceptibility to disease, depression and other health complications.
  • Providing respite care is vital, giving caregivers a chance to look after their own health and take care of other family responsibilities.

“Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s is a lonely existence. It is 24/7 of caring for someone with no relief in site. Respite care is critical to the survivor of the caregiver both emotionally and physically. Imagine being with an adult, someone you know and love, deteriorating in front of your eyes day in and day out. Having to feed them, change their diapers, wash their hands, bath them, dress them and more, knowing you need to do this every day with no help. It can seem like an insurmountable existence when all you want to do with your loved one is just be able to spend some quality time with them not be their nurse. Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s is  both emotionally and physically crushing. Respite care, even in small amounts, can be that light at the end of the tunnel,” says caregiver Laura Oldt.

  • Given the high costs of care services, few individuals with Alzheimer’s have sufficient long-term care insurance or can afford to pay out of pocket for long-term care services for as long as the services are needed.

“One small way we can ease the burden for families facing Alzheimer’s in Florida is through respite care – given the enormous financial and physical burden caregiving is for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease – state funded respite care services provide families with brief opportunities to take vital time to care for themselves and other important family responsibilities,” explains Michelle Branham, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for the Alzheimer’s Association in the state of Florida. “As a result of this particular funding decision, may of these Florida families will be left to fend for themselves without any support.”

  • Strategic planning on a state level is needed to protect individual family finances from being depleted and assist this vulnerable population and their families in meeting the care needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Caregiver Affirmations

Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia face special challenges and many responsibilities. Be sure you are taking care of yourself and staying strong emotionally. Join one of our Caregiver Support Groups available in many cities or our online community, ALZConnected. In the meantime, we hope these thoughts listed below help guide your mind in a positive, healthy direction. And, as always, you can call us anytime at 1.800.272.3900 for support.

  1. I will hold on to my passions, because they are the essence of who I am
  2. I will give myself credit for staying strong despite being pushed to my limits
  3.  I will forgive myself when I occasionally blow it
  4. I will look for the gifts that only this type of tragedy can afford
  5. I will let the love flow, even when it is hard
  6. I will expect that some people will find it difficult to visit my loved one. That’s okay—it doesn’t mean that they’ve stopped caring.
  7.  I will make meaning out of this disease
  8. I will do one thing for myself this month
  9. I will ask one person to do one thing for me this month
  10.  I will accept help from one person this month
  11.  I will give myself credit for what I have accomplished
  12.  I will accept the limits of what I can do
  13. I will forgive myself in advance
  14.  I will accept that very minute is a chance to start over
  15.  I am not alone because I have my support group members Even though I feel the stress of caring for my loved one, I am thankful to have them in my life.
  16. I know that I have done my best even if I fall short of what others expect of me Given the choices, I made the best decision at the time. My choices may be limited and beyond my control, yet I make the best decision I can.
  17. There are no perfect solutions and no perfect families. If I had selected another course of action, I might now be having doubts about that as well. Things probably would have been worse if I had done nothing.
  18. New problems are not related to what I did or didn’t do.
  19. I know it’s easy to second guess or criticize from a distance. It is not possible to compare one person to another. Choices, options and lives are different.
  20. I can only do my best. I can’t do it all.
  21. I must consider “good-enough-for-now” solutions.
  22. Family members have competing needs and loyalties. I choose to stay focused on my loved one.
  23. Compromise is necessary for each to get some of what they need and want. We must continue to celebrate good times as a family and feel good about what we have been able to do for and with each other.

You can print out these Caregiver Affirmations HERE.

Rally in Tally: How Everyone Can Help

Rally in Tally is Jan. 16 and 17! Florida has the second-highest incident rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the country. Your voice is critical to raising Alzheimer’s awareness and urgency.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Join us in Tallahassee. Be our special guest as all four Alzheimer’s Association Chapters of Florida host “Rally in Tally” – a unique state advocacy experience where you will meet with state legislators, tell your story and explain why it is important for them to make Alzheimer’s issues a top priority! You can come for both events or just one.

Lighting the Florida Capitol in Purple for Alzheimer’s

The Old Florida Capitol will be lit up purple for the annual “Rally in Tally.”

January 16 – Tuesday Night at Sundown we will hold a “Purple Lighting Ceremony” on the steps of the historic, Old State Capitol with state legislators (approximately 30 minutes)

January 17 – State Advocacy Day on Wednesday when legislative meetings will take place in the new Capitol Building

If you do not live in Tallahassee, please see the contact information below and we’ll see if there are any services shuttling to the Capitol. Some areas have shuttles to the Capitol (on a first come, first serve basis) and some people are driving on their own.

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Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood) meets with constituents in the Capitol Building.

For more information please contact:

Cyrena Duncan or 727-259-2318 if you live in the Gulf Coast

Evan Holler or 904-472-6641 if you live in Central or North Florida

Jennifer Braisted or 561-967-0047 if you live in Southeast Florida

Can’t attend? That’s okay. There are other ways you can help. 

Show your support on social by sharing your Alz story or sharing posts from advocates at the event on January 16 & 17.

Follow Central and North Florida on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Follow Southeast Florida on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Follow Florida Gulf Coast on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Call, tweet or email your state legislator and let them know we must make Alzheimer’s a priority in Florida.

Find your state senator here.

Find your state representative here.

FLORIDA IS UNITED. TOGETHER, WE WILL #ENDALZ.

My “Rally in Tally” Experience

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Cyrena Duncan, Public Policy Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Florida GulfCoast Chapter

Each year Rally in Tally reinforces the overwhelming passion and enthusiasm of Alzheimer’s advocates in the State of Florida. It is an opportunity to relentlessly convey the ultimate goal of making Alzheimer’s disease a top priority.  While I remain dedicated to the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission through my public policy efforts, being afforded the opportunity to travel to Tallahassee each year with a group of impassioned caregivers, persons with dementia and advocates truly creates a sense of solidarity and community. And reflects the commonality amid the diversity that exists among individuals affected by this disease.

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Rally in Tally allows those directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease to genuinely
connect with others based on their personal journey and collectively voice their experiences living with or caring for someone with the disease to ensure our state legislators fully appreciate the disease process. Last year, during each State meeting, what remained most significant was the courage each and every caregiver, family member and person with the disease presented. They never hesitated to enthusiastically use their personal experiences to create a vivid picture of the disease to help ensure future generations live in a world without Alzheimer’s.

Rally in Tally 2018

On January 16 and 17, 2018 all four Alzheimer’s Association Chapters of Florida host “Rally in Tally” – the primary advocacy event that offers opportunities to meet with State legislators.

We will light the Capitol Building purple the night before at dusk to shine a beacon of hope for all those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and kick off Rally in Tally.

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Join Us!

If you live in Tallahassee, you can join us the morning of January 17th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Old Capitol Building in the old Senate Chambers. Below, and attached are some details. We will be validating parking in Kleman Plaza.

If you do not live in Tallahassee, please see the contact information below and we’ll see if there are any services shuttling to the Capitol. Some areas have shuttles to the Capitol (on a first come, first serve basis) and some people are driving on their own.

For more information please contact:

Cyrena Duncan or 727-259-2318 if you live in the Gulf Coast

Evan Holler or 904-472-6641 if you live in Central or North Florida

Jennifer Braisted or 561-967-0047 if you live in Southeast Florida

Why I Walk – Tim Roche

 

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Why do I walk? I walk for a lot of reasons. I walk for my grandma that was diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s four years ago. I walk for my grandfather whose health deteriorated from the stress of seeing his wife forget who he was. I walk for my mom who is the most incredible caregiver and woman that I know, and who shows me every day what it means to truly love and care for someone. Most of all, I walk for hope. I know the struggle of seeing how Alzheimer’s affects not only the person with the disease, but all of the people who love them. It’s not easy and I know that there are millions of other people just like me who have faced the same struggle. The Walks to End Alzheimer’s are so much more than just a Walk. They are symbols of hope and support for every person affected by the disease. If you have ever been to a Walk, IMG_2140.JPGyou know how incredible it is to see tons of people coming together to support a common cause. It really is a beautiful event and touches everyone who walks, volunteers or is involved. I walk because if other young people my age who are the future see how much I care, maybe they will too. That’s why I walk.

Why do you?

#WhyIwalk #Walk2Endalz #ENDALZ

Get Social with Us at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s season in Central and North Florida starts Saturday, September 23. We are so excited to see everyone’s purple and hear your stories as we fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor!

Help us raise Alzheimer’s awareness even further by sharing your Walk day with us on social.

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Tell your story.

Social media makes it easy to let the world know you’re committed to the fight against Alzheimer’s. Share why you’re walking to inspire others to join your team and donate toward your fundraising goal.

Time it right.

Once you’re registered as a participant, get the word out by sharing your personal participant page through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Use social media to update friends and family on your fundraising progress, share photos from Walk day and thank donors for their support.

Add hashtags.Social Hashtags

Hashtags make it easy for the entire social community to rally around a cause. Use #Walk2EndAlz and #ENDALZ in your posts and with your photos to create awareness of your participation. Search these hashtags to join a larger conversation with other participants and the Alzheimer’s community.

Easy tips:

• Download our Facebook app.
Schedule your posts leading up to the event, use a Walk cover photo, share your fundraising progress and more with this easy-to-use app.

• Tweet for support.
Tweet your personal URL and ask others to “Donate now,” “Join my team” or “Share this!” Make sure to include the hashtags #ENDALZ and #Walk2EndAlz.

• Tap into your professional network.
Share your reason for ending Alzheimer’s and your fundraising goal on LinkedIn, and ask contacts and colleagues for their support.

• Show and tell.
Use Instagram to tell your story — your reason to end Alzheimer’s — with a photo. Don’t forget to use hashtags #ENDALZ and #Walk2EndAlz.

• Use your best manners.
Thank your donors publicly using social media. Include a link to your Walk participant page in your message so others can donate.

• Follow us.
Follow our Chapter on Facebook (facebook.com/AlzCNEFL), Twitter (@alz_cnfl) and Instagram (@alzcnfl) to get the latest event news, read about fellow participants and enter giveaways.

• Check in on Walk day.
Use Facebook to share your Walk-day experience and inspire last-minute donations.

• Select our Snapchat Geofilter.Social Snap
Select our custom Snapchat geofilters at Walk. Be sure your location services are on and swipe until you see it. Be sure to share it to “Your Story”.

 

Sample Posts

Not sure where to start? Raising awareness and funds through social media is as easy as copying and pasting the messages below. Don’t forget to add a link to your personal fundraising page and to upload photos that tell your story.

Facebook/LinkedIn/Instagram

  • I Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. Follow my footsteps and join my team today! [Link to personal Walk page] #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz
  • I am walking to end Alzheimer’s for my [grandma, grandpa, brother, sister, the future]. Please donate to my team today. Together we can end Alzheimer’s! #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz [Link to your Walk page and upload photo of the person you’re walking for]
  • We’re walking to end Alzheimer’s on [date]. Join [team name] or donate to help us ght Alzheimer’s. [Link to personal Walk page] #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz
  • I am at [insert percentage] of my fundraising goal for Walk to End Alzheimer’s! Please donate and help me reach 100 percent. [Link to personal Walk page] #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz
  • I beat my fundraising goal for Walk to End Alzheimer’s! THANK YOU. Alzheimer’s disease is all around us, but the power to stop it is within us. #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz [Include photo from Walk]
  • I walked to end Alzheimer’s today! Thank you to everyone who donated and cheered me on. Together we can end Alzheimer’s. #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz [Include photo from Walk]

    Twitter

  • 5 million+ Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. This is why I #Walk2EndAlz. Join my team! #ENDALZ [Link to personal Walk page + photo of who you are walking with or for]
  • I am walking to end Alzheimer’s for my [grandma, grandpa, brother, sister, the future]. Donate 2 [team name] & help #ENDALZ [Add photo of the person you are walking for and link to your Walk page]
  • We’re participating in the #Walk2EndAlz on [date]. Join our team or donate 2 help #ENDALZ. [Link to personal Walk page + photo of who you are walking with or for]
  • I’m at [insert percentage] of my fundraising goal for #Walk2EndAlz! Please donate & help me reach 100% [Link to personal Walk page + photo of who you are walking with or for] #ENDALZ
  • I beat my fundraising goal for Walk to End Alzheimer’s! THANK YOU. Together we can #ENDALZ. #Walk2EndAlz [Add photo from Walk]
  • I’m at the #Walk2EndAlz, walking for my [grandma, grandpa, brother, sister, the future]! You can still donate toward my fundraising goal. Help #ENDALZ! [Link to personal Walk page + photo of you at Walk]
  • I walked to end Alzheimer’s today! Thank you to everyone who donated. [Add photo from Walk] #ENDALZ #Walk2EndAlz

An Insider’s Look at Alzheimer’s Research Trials

Clinical trials to find more effective medication are crucial to ending Alzheimer’s disease.  Research over the last decade has focused on medications that can slow or reverse the brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s rather than just treating the symptoms. More clinical trial volunteers are needed now so that the research can be completed quicker.  Participating in an Alzheimer’s study can be an interesting and positive experience. The study coordinator plays a large role in that experience. Pat Riddle, CCRC, has been a Renstar Medical Research study coordinator working on Alzheimer’s clinical trials for over 10 years. Pat offers a personal and unique perspective on working with Alzheimer’s clinical trial patients.

You have been involved in Alzheimer’s research for over a decade. What positive changes have you seen in research during this time?

Pat Riddle: There have been no new medications developed to treat AD since 2003 and this is sad and unacceptable.  The positive change now is that there is an awareness of the magnitude of this disease and there has finally been an emphasis on the development of new treatments and allocation of funds to do this.  Also, the medications that are currently approved for treating AD only temporarily help memory and thinking problems but our current pipeline of promising new treatments deals with the underlying cause of AD and offers hope that they can conquer this disease and stop Alzheimer’s disease.  There is also a greater emphasis on the importance of early detection which can often begin with a memory evaluation done by a trained, certified professional.  I do several memory evaluations each week, at no cost to the patient, and these evaluations can be very helpful in determining if there is significant memory impairment.

What is it like working daily with individuals living with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers?  

PR: Working with patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease and their families runs the full gamut of emotions. Offering them involvement in research provides purpose and hope for all of us.   We start and end our visits with our patients and families with a hug and this is the best part of our day.

Being a caregiver of someone living with Alzheimer’s is often difficult and frustrating. What advice would you give to their family and friends to help support the caregiver?

PR: The best advice I can offer that will help caregivers is to REALLY BE THERE FOR THEM and stay involved.  Be there to listen and also give your time to help.  This is 24/7 with no escape for caregivers.  Just sitting with patients to allow the caregiver some down time away helps.  Also be there to listen and provide support. Stay a part of their lives.  I have heard so many times that “our friends don’t come around anymore.”  Tell everyone not to stay away because you feel sad or don’t know what to say.  Just come and be with them….they need your time and support.

Can you describe some of the positive experiences you have had while dealing with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s patients? 

PR: We work with many patients who have been in our clinical trials for several years.  Seeing some of these patients maintain their quality of life and independence is the reason we come to work every day and do what we do.  To see some of our patients living their lives to the fullest and enjoying their retirement years, I cannot express how overjoyed I am to see this and be a part of their lives.  

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The Presenting Sponsor of the Ocala Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Why I Walk – Neil Flynn

IMG_3289 (1)I had multi-colored purple (i like to call it lavender) highlights put in my hair in honor of my parents, both of whom have been afflicted with dementia. Purple is the trademark color of Alzheimer’s and their annual Walk is 10/14. Any time my testosterone level dropped when thinking about having the coloring done, all I had to do was think about how this cruel disease has wrecked havoc on two non-deserving people. My Mom is 94 years old. Tomorrow, she won’t remember today. For over five years my Dad progressively worsened until he had to be institutionalized, for his safety and the safety of others. He hated every minute of every day and always wanted out. He IMG_3287wanted out so bad, he pulled the fire alarm, knowing confusion would entail and he’d have a better chance at escaping. Another time, as I was going up the elevator to visit him, the elevator door opened and there he was with his walker ready to escape. I lovingly said, “Get your a_s back in there.” I miss him more now than ever.