Alzheimer’s Association tips for celebrating Mother’s Day

Alzheimer’s Association tips for celebrating Mother’s Day


ZOO CAMERA. MANY PEOPLE STILL OUT THERE,
ENJOYING THINGS OUTSIDE. HERE IS A STAGGERING NUMBER. TWO-THIRDS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH
ALZHEIMER’S ARE WOMEN. SUE MCCANN IS AN ADVOCATE FOR
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION AND
CAREGIVER TO HER MOTHER WHO IS
LIVING WITH THE DISEASE. WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN. THE NUMBERS ARE INCREDIBLE. DOES RESEARCH SHOW WHY TWO
THIRDS OF THEM ARE WOMEN? SUE: WE STILL THINK IT WAS
BECAUSE THEY LIVED LONGER THAN
MEN, BUT IT CAN BE BIOLOGICAL,
GENETIC OR RELATED TO LIFESTYLE
CHOICES OR HEART DISEASE, EVEN
OCCUPATIONAL CHOICES. JOHN: MOTHER’S DAY IS COMING UP
ON SUNDAY, WHICH CAN BE TOUGH,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE
DEMENTIA, WHAT CAN WE DO TO KIND
OF DEAL WITH A DAY LIKE THIS? MAYBE MOTHERS MAY NOT BE SURE
WHO WE ARE. SUE: YOU REALLY NEED TO MAKE IT
PERSON CENTERED. WE ALL HAVE IDEAS OF WHAT THINGS
USED TO BE LIKE, BUT NOW WE NEED
TO BE WHAT IS EASIEST FOR THEM,
KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SMALL, AND
CHINA TO INTERFERE WITH THE
NORMAL ROUTINE. JOHN: THAT IS A BIG THING,
KEEPING THEM ON A ROUTINE,
BECAUSE THEY ARE IN A SET
PATTERN, THE WAY THEIR LIFE IS. SO HOW ARE YOU HONORING YOUR
MOTHER THIS JOURNEY, GOING
THROUGH ALL THIS? SUE: MY MOTHER WAS DIAGNOSED
YOUNG, SHE IS ONLY 72. WE STARTED A NONPROFIT CALLED
“FOR SMILES,” AND WE PUT ON
EVENTS FOR FAMILIES. SO WE BOND OVER BALL GOWNS AND
PLANNING THAT KIND OF STUFF. JOHN: THAT IS A GREAT IDEA, AND
THE MONEY GOES TOWARDS? SUE: TOWARDS ALZHEIMER’S
ASSOCIATION. JOHN: SO THERE ARE MANY WAYS
PEOPLE CAN HELP. WHAT ARE THINGS PEOPLE CAN DO IF
THEY WANT TO HELP? SUE: GO TO YOUR LOCAL
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WEBSITE,
THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES THERE. BALL GOWNS FOR SMILES IS ALWAYS
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS, WE HAVE
AN EVENT ON JUNE 9, WE ARE
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THAT. WE WILL BE HONORING PATIENTS AND
THEIR FAMILIES. JOHN: TELL US ABOUT THE EVENT. SUE: IT WILL BE A BIG SALE,
RAFFLE AND A SILENT AUCTION. AND WE WILL HAVE A WALK, WHERE
THE FAMILIES WALK AND EVERYBODY
GETS A CROWN. AND WE CELEBRATE VICTORIES,
BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY SMALL
VICTORIES. JOHN: THAT IS AWESOME. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE, YOU
CAN GO TO

Author: Kevin Mason

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