I suggest placing your heart and energy to a deeper cause. If you want someone, somewhere to find a cure to end Alzheimer’s disease, place your heart and soul there.
What I am emphasizing is to stop questioning why you have been burdened with this disease and feeling sorry for yourself. Instead, find out what you can do to help find a cure. Get involved in advocacy, instead of brooding, worrying, being frustrated, scared and feeling lonely and helpless. Instead, be proactive, help find a solution. It will make you feel better.
Stay positive-helping find a cure for yourself and future generations. Volunteer to participate in research studies, form a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team to raise awareness and funds to find a cure.
Volunteer at the activity centers for families and caregivers who need support to keep their loved one with the disease active in mind and body.
And learn to treat individuals with the disease with kindness and respect. Remember that they once were proud of their achievements, family, themselves. Help them feel comfortable. If you are a caregiver or a friend of someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, be kind and treat them with respect.
Place yourself in their shoes. Have compassion. Help them feel comfortable.
If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, listen to your medical professional, take your meds, consider giving up your driver’s license for the safety of yourself and others. And do all you can to stay social, be active, stimulate your mind, eat healthy, take time to get rest, exercise your body. Keep going!
For the sake of future generations, place your energy to a deeper cause. If you want someone, somewhere to find a cure to end Alzheimer’s disease, place your heart there.
~ Barb Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.~