Thursday, November 09, 2017

Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

The following email is from friends at Inperspective Films, it is an 8 minute short about a singer J. Costello that has dementia.  
Hi Joseph,
Thank you for your response!

We would very much appreciate you posting the films link on a blog post and your resources.  The film was released on Monday and the public link to watch is https://vimeo.com/241394579

If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks,


David

I hope you enjoy the film and let them know your thoughts.

God Bless and Keep You and This Country of Ours!
joe

BrightFocus Foundation - Google

BrightFocus Foundation - Google

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Financial Scams in the Alzheimer's Community


Financial scammers are known to target the senior citizen community, but senior citizens with Alzheimer’s are especially at risk. This is because of the assumption on the part of the scammer that the Alzheimer’s patient will be easier to deceive with their scam tactics. Unfortunately, we constantly hear sad stories about caregivers who realize their loved one has been fleeced financially under these circumstances. But how do we protect ourselves and our loved ones from financial scams? Read below to find out!

Alzheimer’s disease is an unfortunate condition that is associated with significant memory loss, as many of my readers already know. This creates a two-fold risk for scam victims, because not only are they more likely to believe the scammer, but they’re also more likely to be tricked by the same scammer on numerous occasions. A person whose memory functions properly will remember when they were scammed in the past and avoid that scammer, but an Alzheimer’s patient might forget and fall victim to the very same scam.

The first method of action to avoid being scammed if you’re dealing with Alzheimer’s is to sign up for an identity theft protection service that runs in the background. This type of service can be helpful for anyone, but it is especially useful for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, because the patient is less likely to remember to check their credit history and stay on top of whether they have recently been scammed. A service like LifeLock runs in the background and sends mobile alerts to either the patient or the caregiver (whoever signs up for the service) which really makes the process a lot easier.


You should also be sure to meet with an Alzheimer’s financial planner, so that you can delegate control of your finances to a trusted party. If your finances are out of your control, it will prevent you from being scammed even if you fell for the scam. Last but not least, be sure to read through the accompany infographic (and maybe even print it and tape it on your fridge) so you’re aware of the common pattern that financial scams in the senior community take. If nothing else, knowing what to look for can help you or your loved one stay safe
                                                                            
God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!
joe

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do Alzheimer's Patients need Assisted Living?

A reader by the name of Katherine asked the following question: Do Alzheimer's Patients really needs Assisted Living?

Katherine, YES  some really do need to be in Assisted Living Facilities.  Reason, because they need special medical needs, they are not able to navagate the home, the home caregivers are not emotionally, physically or finiancially able to handle the sufferer. Not all need these facilities but many do and a caregiver  generally family should not feel guilty for having them admitted to such a facility.  Your purpose as a caregiver or loved one of the Alzheimer's patient is to give or get them the best care possible, PERIOD.

God Bless and Keep You and This Country of Ours!
joe 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

On September 6, 2006 I started this blog.  It was really just for me to tell how I was coping with Alzheimer's, I never expected even one person to read this blog.  Well 11 years later it is read World Wide, I am a published author, ex-coproducer of short films, have been in a documentary by HBO and won several awards, over 3/4 million page views over 128,000 visitors, am I bosting, YES, never thought this would happen and on this day, I received the following email:

Living With Alzheimer's has been selected five years in a row for the 2017 Best of Oceanside Awards for Alzheimer's Education/Referral/Support and now qualifies for the Oceanside Business Hall of Fame.

For details and more information please view our website:
2017 Best of Oceanside Awards - Alzheimer's Education/Referral/Support

If you are unable to view the link above, please copy and paste the following into your web browser:
http://oceanside.online-local.org/ss7f5rwq_LIVING-WITH-ALZHEIMERS



Best Regards,

Oceanside Business Recognition

I now live in Pahrump, NV since the end of June, but what a schock this email was to me.  


I use to stand up to do something and wonder what it was I wanted to do. Now I stand up and forget where the hell I am and look for somewhere to hide and generally fall asleep and wake to figure it out couple hours later.  It is really difficult for me to keep things straightmy brain is sideways now.  I keep reading other posts and many from people who think they know how to handle us and folks they do not have the first fricken idea of that they speak.  By the way I read that certain shampoos now cause Alzheimer's, dementia, etc.  So I guess, do not wash your hair except with bar soap, until they discoover that causes Dementia. I try to bring you the facts, not the truth which is subjective and changes as our brains change, but facts are facts they do not change and they are what is not what we want things to be.  No Cure for Alzheimer's, no affective treatment, no truly known cause, all guesses and bull shit, FACT everyone that has gotton, will get or has Alszheimer's will DIE from it, PERIOD. People tell me yes but in the meantime you can have a great life, RIGHT, great fun forgetting who you are, other people are, what you are doing, how to use your fork, when to go to the bathroom, what day is it, etc.,  great life bull shit.

My Press Release:

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Living With Alzheimer's Receives 2017 Best of Oceanside Award
Oceanside Award Program Honors the Achievement
OCEANSIDE August 30, 2017 -- Living With Alzheimer's has been selected for the 2017 Best of Oceanside Award in the Alzheimer's Education/Referral/Support category by the Oceanside Award Program.
Each year, the Oceanside Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Oceanside area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Oceanside Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Oceanside Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Oceanside Award Program
The Oceanside Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Oceanside area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Oceanside Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Oceanside Award Program

CONTACT:
Oceanside Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@thebestawards.org
URL: http://www.thebestawards.org
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Just my ego, really I am humble by this, who would have ever guessed a person such as me would receive any kind of recognition.

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!
joe