Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

No rain today - yippeeee!

The windows are open. The curtains are blowing. The pillows are back on the balcony furniture and we're loving it. Hopefully lunch & dinner will be held outside today.

my grandma!

At the risk of sounding preachy, I came across a story that I felt is worth passing along. According to statistics, one in three of us is touched directly by Alzheimers in some fashion. Maria Shriver has written a book about her personal experience with Alzheimers, which has now been produced for TV and airs tonight. It seems to dig a bit deeper than simply a chronicle of symptoms, stages and statistics.

She writes, On Mother's Day, May 10th, HBO will air and I will executive produce the most comprehensive television event ever about Alzheimer's disease called The Alzheimer's Project -- focusing on the cutting-edge science, the issues of care-giving, how one lives with the disease, and the children and grandchildren of Alzheimer's.

What I especially found interesting are the inter-generational daycare centers, where toddlers and Alzheimers patients eat, sing, dance and have story-time together. How innovative for stimulation and interaction.

Some wonderful things are being done when this disease is recognized and put on the table as something to deal with. Hopefully this special will be a big fat voice for those no longer able to speak up on their own behalf.

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