Debbie's Walk Donation Page
I’m sure you’ve been on a plane. At the start of the flight, the flight attendants present what to do if there is a change in cabin pressure and oxygen is needed. If you are traveling with someone else that needs help, you are instructed to put your own oxygen mask on first, and then on the person you are assisting.
This is not how a caregiver thinks or acts. A caregiver is so accustomed to taking care of their husband, wife, mother, father, or kids first that they completely forget about taking care of themselves.
I’ve been there. I had a full time job, a husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs and an incredibly jam-packed life when my Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For a year or so I was able to keep up the pace of adding extra time into my day to stop by my Mom’s house to help her. I navigated a system that was foreign to me and not at all easy to understand. At one point I had my Father-in-law living with us for 7 months while he experienced a health care crisis.
Obtaining Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, finding the right doctors, getting medical supplies, researching home care providers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and the overwhelming list goes on and on. Through helping my Mom, and my Father-in-law, I found my passion is helping seniors and their families. When my Mom started having more health issues we turned to hospice. Having a full compliment of support organizations allowed me to go back to being the “daughter” once again and not just the caregiver.
My mom was an amazing woman who completed high school and college to become a nurse. She went into the Air Force as an officer to make a difference in other peoples lives. She lost her memory but not her spirit. Please help us cure Alzheimer's by 2025.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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