The normally drab halls of the California State Capitol were sparkling with color on March 6 as 160 Californians, clad in bright purple sashes, descended on Sacramento for Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day 2013.
As family members and individuals affected with Alzheimer’s disease, the volunteer advocates met with elected representatives and key staffers to share the impact the disease has had on them, and advocate for policies to help the many Californians confronted with the disease.
Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day, an annual event in California, is an opportunity to connect with legislators on a personal level, and to educate them about the realities of Alzheimer’s and what the legislature can do to improve life for the nearly 600,000 Californians who have the disease. Continue reading “Volunteers Push for Legislative Change at California Advocacy Day 2013” »
In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we’re highlighting Alzheimer’s stories from around the world. Today, we have a poem from Norm, who lives in the UK. Norm lives with dementia and blogs about his experience here: Norm’s Blog.
I Haven’t Got the Plague
As I walked through town today, I saw a friendly face,
But as he walked towards me, he then walked past with pace,
I’m sure that he had seen me, and saw my friendly wave,
I’ve only got Dementia, and not Bubonic plague…
Why do people treat me so, why are they so cruel…
I’m just the same as them, not some bumbling fool,
Some are friends I have known, all my working life,
Who used to chat and laugh, to both me and my wife…
But now most of them act as if I don’t exist…
And all the good times that we had are just a distant mist… Continue reading “World Alzheimer’s Month: I have dementia, not the plague!” »
September is World Alzheimer’s Month and eBay is joining the fight! eBay is supporting our efforts by hosting a celebrity charity auction online. They will also be donating to the Alzheimer’s Association through their “Give at Checkout” program and will be supporting a $5,000 Tweet Challenge Match. eBay employee Margaret Millett is a wonderful advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause and played a huge roll in getting eBay involved this year. Her hard work and dedication is a great example of how one person can make a big difference. Margaret was kind of enough to share this blog about her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s and the role eBay has played along the way.
When It’s On Your Mind, It’s on eBay – Keeping it Real for My Mom
By Margaret Millett
It was a remarkable occurrence that brought me to eBay at a crossroads in my life in 2008. When eBay initially contacted me about joining the company, I was not that interested in moving to California. Truth be told, I was living in Ireland and looking for a new job. Continue reading “When It’s On Your Mind, It’s On eBay – Keeping It Real for My Mom” »
In celebration of World Alzheimer’s Month in September, we’re highlighting Alzheimer’s stories from around the world. Today’s story comes from a caregiver in Santiago, Chile – Elena Muñoz Iván’s. She writes a beautiful blog about her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and about people’s perception of honesty and truth. You can read her original post in Spanish here: Corporacion Alzheimer Chile: A todos ustedes, admirables cuidadores, los que conozco a traves de mi papá y mi hermana.
When I was a little girl, I was told about elves, guardian angels, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, fathers and mothers that were capable of protecting us from any danger and a heaven where grandparents, brothers, sisters and everyone whom we loved and “were good” went when they died. Continue reading “World Alzheimer’s Month: A Look at Alzheimer’s Through Elena’s Eyes” »