Letter to President-Elect Obama, Final Wishes Planner and the Five Wishes Booklet

I’ve added 2 more sites under Miscellaneous Final  Wishes Planner and the 5 Wishes Booklet.

In my excitement of getting to drive again, I forgot to mention yesterday that the Dr. wants me to watch a lot of TV. For a minute, it caught me by surprise since this was considered a waste of time when I grew up. But he explained that by watching an hour long program, a movie or anything with a story, forces the brain to be able to follow along and keep up with without losing focus or memory. I guess talk shows don’t count. Smile, smile. That’s OK with me. And soaps are out for me too.

Susan Berg, author of “Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones and Involved Professionals” wrote the following:

Caregivers-Send President Obama a Message about Alzheimer’s

Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as you know, every 71 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia or a combination of both.
You also know that Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias, will destroy the memories of 1 in 8 of the baby boomers in our country. They will also lose their independencea and their lives as they know them. There are 78 million baby boomers.
You may already know someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia      In order to find a cure, money must be allocated for Alzheimer’s research. President Obama must be made acutely aware of this.
You can help do this by endorsing this letter to him.
Millions of Americans want to know : What his plan to attack this public health threat facing our country is? If you are one of them, click here We need an immediate increase in federally-funded medical research; Access to affordable health coverage for people living with Alzheimer’s under age 65; A Medicare program that better meets the special needs of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other serious medical conditions; and Caregiver support services and long- term care coverage for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.If you agree, click here Thank you

For more information on dementia, click here If you are interested in Alzheimer’s and related dementia activities, click here

Fact or Fiction?

Esker is an art form of the Eskimos.

Warmly………….David Thomas

(False. An esker is a long, winding ridge of sand and gravel).


New Year’s Eve and HOPE

First of all, I am not at all offended by the recent comments from Miranda. Bless you Imogene for trying to protect me. I openly welcome all opinions and comments. I don’t intend this blog to be about who is right or wrong. So, Miranda, you do not need to apologize for expressing your opinions. I personally think that both of you are right in your own way. All opinions cause us to stop and think about how others view their world. I find it very enlightening and educational. Sometimes, just being quiet and listening to other people is worth a college education! So keep your comments coming along.

There was a post on the LBD Caregivers Yahoo Group today about Final Wishes Planner. I was pleasantly surprised to look at the website — very helpful, indeed. I plan to print it out for both Pam and me. I’d highly recommend it for anyone. It never hurts to have things written out in advance. If an emergency happens, the planner has done all the work for us ahead of time!

So New Year’s Eve is here. It’s interesting how we celebrate the passage of time. The New Year, birthdays, the “time is money concept, etc.” Basically, tomorrow is simply another day as time continues to pass.

But many of us tend to fret and worry over time and tend to lose hope. We find ourselves trying to muster up hope for the future. But this is human hope. That kind of hope is in limited quantity, and when it runs out, you are left drained, discouraged, disappointed and …hopeless! It may masquerade as “hope,” but it is completely different from the hope that God provides. God’s hope renews and refreshes. It empowers, uplifts, and strengthens. God’s hope does not disappoint! There is an unlimited supply of God’s hope.

“Father, You are the God of all wonderful, everlasting hope. Your Word tells us that those who hope in You will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, and they will walk and not be faint. Please help me always put my hope in You and You alone. Thank You that with You all things are possible. I pray that all will place their HOPE in You and You alone …”

Warmly………..David Thomas

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