The Angry Side of Alzheimer’s

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Passionate, insightful, and important piece by friend and Alzheimer’s advocate Brian LeBlanc. Thank you, Brian, for sharing your life and experience with all of us! You’re making such a difference in the world!

Alzheimer's: The Journey

One of the things that makes me angry about having Alzheimer’s Disease are people that DO NOT WANT TO UNDERSTAND that I, and people like me, still know what’s going on around them and can still carry on an intelligent conversation. Sure, the words may not flow as evenly and smoothly as they did before, the mind may not allow us to remember the conversation an hour or a day or a week from now, but we still enjoy being in the moment.

Before my diagnosis, I had friends . . . lots of friends, or so I thought. These people who I thought were friends kept in contact with me, returned a phone call whether or not I left a message, would interact me with through Social Media or in person. Where in the hell are these people now? I have no idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not…

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Alzheimer’s Advocate Introduces Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

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Photo courtesy of Brenda Bouchard – Clinton meeting Brenda’s mother, Cecile.

Our friend, Brenda Bouchard, has been busy since last summer attending every New Hampshire Town Hall she could get to. She has addressed 13 of the 2016 presidential candidates, asking how they plan to attack Alzheimer’s if they’re elected (click here for clips of some of those town hall meetings).

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Photo courtesy of Brenda Bouchard – From left: Brenda’s sister, Brenda, their mother, Secretary Clinton, Brenda’s daughter, Briana.

Bouchard was recently asked to introduce Hillary Clinton at a Portsmouth, NH, town hall. Clinton then opened the meeting by discussing her proposed plan to end Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Regardless of political persuasion, I think all of us touched by this horrific disease can agree – how extraordinary to see this issue on the national stage during an election year!

Thank you, Brenda, for your significant role in sparking the conversation and keeping it going! You’re an inspiring example of the difference one person can make!

New Year’s Un-Resolutions

2016New Year’s resolutions are overrated. More often than not, they set us up to fail. I think a better alternative is to focus on smaller actions and thought patterns that can incrementally change the way you view life, yourself, and the world around you.

Here are some ideas. Most cost nothing and don’t even take a lot of time, but they have the power to vastly improve your outlook. Many of these are on my list for 2016. Will you join me?


Be kind, always.

Spend time on your passion; if you don’t know what it is, work on finding it.

Tell the important people in your life how much you love them.

Take more walks.

Spend time with friends; reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a long time.

Worry less.

Believe in yourself and your worth.

Embrace creative pursuits.

Slow down.

Assume innocence in others.

Ditch guilt.

Work hard.

Don’t sweat the small stuff; it’s all small stuff.

Take care of your mind, body, and soul.

Breathe deeply.

Count your blessings.

Say no.

Say yes.

If you’ve been thinking about making a major change in your life, plan for it, and remember sometimes you have to take a leap of faith.

Cry when you need to.

Sleep when you need to.

Give freely.

Allow yourself to receive.

Simplify.

Laugh often.

Remember, it’s the little things that are often the greatest blessings.

Practice random acts of kindness.

Be good to yourself.

Every single day, remember that tomorrow is not promised.

 

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