Our weekend was pretty laid back. We had the Alzheimer's Memory walk and that was about it. Brent's 10 year high school reunion was Saturday night, but we decided not to go. We are great friends with a large amount of people he went to high school with, but considering there were over like 800 in his graduating class, we thought it would be best if we avoiding the chance of the inevitable question..for now. A reply such as "yes, one son in Heaven" isn't usually the hard part, it's the look of wanting an explanation following. I got asked four times last week "oh, you had that baby, how is it?" and "how is that baby of yours?" One time on the phone and three times in person. Like I said, I know it's inevitable, and I really do pretty good answering, but it still makes the following moments tough. Then, the people who ask feel AWFUL for asking, but it's like how were they supposed to know? I end up having to tell them it is fine that they asked, and I really don't mind. I just try to have a calm reply and hope for a calm response.
We heard not many people actually attended the reunion and that we didn't miss too much.
I work for a company that specializes in care for senior citizens. This weekend we participated in the Memory Walk with the Alzheimer's Association. Over the past three and a half years, I've worked first hand with many seniors who have dementia and Alzheimer's. I will tell you, it really is some of the saddest situations I've ever been in. The person won't remember their spouse, family, home, etc. It is by far one of the most terrible diseases out there. It makes me so sad for the person with the disease as well as the ones around them. There is no cure at this point, but there are medicines that are helping some.
Early on-set Alzheimer's is awful because it can occur in someone under age 65. At the walk on Saturday, we had a gentleman speak with us about his wife who had early on-set Alzheimer's. She was 57 and developed it about 3 years ago. Can you imagine at 54? She was physically healthy but she could barely remember anything and could not be left alone.
For more Alzheimer's facts you can visit the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org. If you don't already have any foundations close to your heart, I would highly recommend considering this one.
A few bullet point facts from the website
- Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease in the century since Dr. Alzheimer first drew attention to it.
- Today we know that Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
- Is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
- Has no current cure. But treatments for symptoms, combined with the right services and support, can make life better for the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s. There is an accelerating worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing. Learn more about recent progress in Alzheimer research funded by the Alzheimer’s Association in the Research section. .
Over the weekend, we did spend a little time with some fun people. For example, the best nieces and nephew ever...
Sorry again for my post stationery drama. I'm sure many of you cringed if you read before I made the corrections! Please feel FREE to email me next time! haha