My dad, Abe Cohen had Parkinson's Dementia. My sweetheart, Jimmie has Alzheimer's now along with his sister Louise in Alabama. His sister from Cleveland, Lula Mae also had it.
I am inspired by all the amazing caregivers I have met thru this organization at Support groups, Memory Cafes, Wellness Retreats, Music, Singing and Art Therapy Programs. Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support for those afflicted with the disease and their caregivers. We network and help each other too. Meals on a Wheels used to provide us with meeting rooms for programs including Caregiver Support, but now, because of COVID, everything is on ZOOM meetings. Rockland Jewish Family Services also Support us thru their programs as well as Rockland Conservancy of Music which we so appreciate!
I have embraced my journey as a caregiver and our new friends in the community we created. I am learning new things every single day that helps us “To Enjoy Every Moment” which is the name of our TEEM. Sharing among our new community, I have met so many wonderful people and made new friendships with people I never probably would have met.
We all share in helping each other in every day challenges and the important thing we all must remember with this disease is, “Today, at this very moment, is the best moment we are going to have with our loved one" and to allow ourselves to not only enjoy it but to embrace it! It not only takes a Village to raise a child, it takes a community to help those afflicted with this horrible disease and those who care for them out of love and responsibility. I appreciate all those friends who support us. Thank You!
As caregivers we must always remember to take care of ourselves first so we can help our loved one. This is a lot easier to say than do and takes practice and commitment to ourselves and our relationship with our sweethearts. COVID has taken this awesome challenge to unbelievable levels, especially when Adult Day Centers closed in March. OY!
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease.
Please make a donation to advance the care, support and especially the research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Those of us impacted by this disease are so grateful for all the educational programs, social and caregiver support programs the Alzheimer's Association and others in our community provides us.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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