Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thank you

to the hundreds of people who logged on to this blog after reading my story on the Alzheimer's Association website. I'm so glad that people are using the internet to find out more about Alzheimer's. Thanks, too, for the comments you have left -- I appreciate the feedback. If you want to leave a comment with your email address I promise to get back to you personally and to not publish your email address.

I'd also like to say that if you are in Georgia and around the Atlanta area on April 5th, the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Assn. is hosting a "Town Hall Meeting" for those with early stage Alzheimer's or dementia. It is free but you must sign up. Information will be posted on the Georgia website soon so please check it out. These Town Hall meetings have been taking place all over the country and if you check the national website at you can find out more information.

Thanks again for reading my ramblings. Some days are better than others -- so check back often!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I read back a few days and found your comments about "foggy days" especially helpful. I am a caregiver and love my husband very much. He is in the early stages but is not communicative about what he is experiencing -- but that's not a new Alzheimer's thing! Your description of foggy days gives me a little window into what he may be going through. Thank you

Anonymous said...

hi kris~ i just read your story and it brought tears to my eyes...literally. i think it was the part where you spoke aboout your son's letter. it really is a tribute to what a wonderful mother you are and what a special son you have! i work in "activities" with resident's in an alzheimer's unit and i am always looking for new creative ideas to enhance their lives. i am also trying to learn as much as possible about alzheimer's disease, which is how i came upon your story. i am hoping a cure will be found soon! until then i wish you peace,hope and love. c*

puzzles said...

hi C*. . .i just read your comments to kris stating that you are always looking for new activities for your residents.

I have developed wooden jigsaw puzzles for early(12 pc) and middle stages(6 pc) of Alzheimer's Disease with large and few pieces. The puzzle size is 6x8" great for the laps and easy handling. The themes are from Norman Rockwell - Saturday Evening Post Covers Collection. To go along with these, I have a memory card game, similar to goFish, matching the images, I used the same images as the puzzle for repeated exposer.

I have worked with 3 residents, in middle stages at a Memory Treatment Center to see how they would react to the products. It was an amazing experience, they worked on the puzzles (6pc), handled them easily, all put some pieces together, 1 the oldest did the best in everything. she was very detail oriented and pointed out different things. one gentleman got the sides together, but couldn't bring the them together to form the puzzle, he was forcing them, helped him to do that. he also did the matching very well, not as fast as the lady, but he did it. the last gentleman needed the most help. all were talking, reminiscing about the past. They are not on the market yet, but soon will be, look for them.