An Awesome ALZ Walk 2013

Andy, Mack, Gina, Vince, Joanne, Ginger, Mallory, Janice, Laurie, Gene

The Winchester – Shenandoah Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised $34,400.58! There were 41 Teams, and over 300 Walkers! Racing Alzheimer’s raised $1,310.00! The day was awesome, the weather was perfect, and fun was had! THANK YOU again for your generous support — it was felt and appreciated. Together, we can help End Alzheimer’s.

Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

My grandmother holding my mom in 1937

My grandmother visited me for a week in 1996 when she had moderate dementia.  To ease the burden of having one caregiver, my grandma traveled between her three children’s homes and would stay for up to four months at a time at each place.  My home was a stop-over one year as she went from […]

Finding The Happy on September 11th

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My mother was born on September 11th, 1937.  And for most of her life, it was a beautiful day for a birthday. You know how it’s easier to remember events that have an emotional attachment to them?  This is called explicit memory and this “emotional memory” seems especially evident in people who suffer from dementia […]

So I’ve Been “Running”

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When I began Racing Alzheimer’s, my intent was to share the latest research on how to be healthy so that you and I could hopefully avoid or delay dementia down the road. I haven’t been very good at this. With my mother moving into late stage dementia, this blog became more about racing her Alzheimer’s […]

You Are Not Alone

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There are more than 15 million dementia caregivers in this country and every single one can benefit from support of some kind.  Meals, errands, respite, support groups, and hugs to name a few. Alzheimer’s support groups can help a person feel like they’re not alone.   When I was in a group and heard a participant […]

The Vanishing

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The strangest thing about the death of my mother is the vanishing.  That a person can be on this earth one minute and gone the next, seems like a cruel magic trick that I’m still trying to figure out.  As I reflect on her disappearance, I realize the slight of hand happened years ago and […]

An Invitation To Walk, Raise Money, and Help End Alzheimer’s

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Racing Alzheimer’s has a Team and needs Team Members! Save the date and join me for the 2013 Shenandoah Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s!   Event Details The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. WHEN:  Saturday, September 28th (Rain […]

Mom’s Remembrance

Ruth Joanne (Hall) Nelson   September 11, 1937 -- July 6, 2013

It’s been a very long two weeks, but I am back home in Virginia and wanted to post something for friends and family since my mother’s passing on July 6th. The service, mom’s “Celebration of Life” was a beautiful tribute to a life well lived.  There were flowers and hymns, prayers and poems, a slideshow, […]