Writing Is Addictive

I’ve always known that writing is addictive. The more you write, the more you want to write. Writing in a journal, writing a memoir, writing a story, writing out your goals, lists of things to do, becomes a habit when done every day. And you know what, your writing actually gets better.

My problem: I’ve exchanged writing for knitting. I’ve become addicted to knitting for the new great grandbaby coming the end of November. And then found a few things to knit for myself. Knitting at night with my husband and the tv. on is a good thing.

But, I found that I have missed my writing. And so I want to get back to it. Starting right now. I have missed writing in my journal, and I had started a short story, and only got the first few lines written, and my blog is suffering because I haven’t started my Adopt A Caregiver program here in California. Waiting for the legal issues to be finished. Soon…

In the meantime, I hope you will come back to read my blog because I love writing them. I also hope you look at the website. www.adoptacaregiver.com and help me plant the seeds. Yes, one person can make a difference. And this world needs a difference. Give something back.

Adopt A Caregiver in your neighborhood, and tell them your friend Helene sent you. Just send an email and tell them you’d like to be their friend. You’d like to understand what being a caregiver is and that you know it’s hard.

Read my secret journal, Behind The Mask, and see how this caregiver’s emotions on every page.

Keep love and kisses in you life. Helene

We Have To Be Aware

Since I was mugged in New York in the 80’s, I’m always aware. Aware of who is around me, aware of what is happening with my body, and just aware.

We all need to be aware. Aware of scams, of people trying to take advantage of us, or scaring us in any way.We need to know who our neighbors are, and if they need help, or we need help, we know who these people are.

Be aware of yourself, your body, what is around you, what medicine you take, how you react to others, and how they react to you.

Be yourself. Be helpful, but always be aware.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Visit my website

www.adoptacaregiver.org

Words Are Powerful

Words can be powerful. Words can hurt. Words can also heal.

Powerful words inspire, create feelings of peacefulness and harmony.

Words can also hurt. Words can’t be taken back. Think before you speak. Once you have hurled hurtful words at someone, you can’t take them back.

Words can heal. I urge everyone to write down their feelings, memories, their hopes and dreams, their goals, their grateful list, and their affirmations.

When my husband was suddenly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, I turned to my computer and secretly wrote about my emotions, my thoughts, my fears. That journal saved my sanity.

When the doctor changed the diagnosis, I showed Howard my secret journal, and he said publish it.

I did, and Behind The Mask became that book. Please read about how it inspired me to go on and start

www.adoptacaregiver.org

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Support Caregivers

One day you might be a caregiver yourself. Support caregivers, treat them like you yourself would like to be treated.

Caregivers are working 24/7. They are lonely, exhausted, too tired to go out to support groups, and remember support groups are not for everyone.

You need to look around your community, surely there is a caregiver there. All it takes is an email to start a friendship.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing.

Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life.

Visit www.adoptacaregiver.com

Read Behind The Mask, a secret journal, to know how one caregiver felt. Me!

Things To Do Before I Die

I wrote this almost ten years ago, and it still holds true today.

“Things to do before I die. Now where did that thought com from? It flew into my mind like a tornado and wouldn’t leave. So, lets see if I can come up with some answers.

First of all, assuming I have enough years left, I’d like to continue to sample life, love and family. That’s always my first priority. Then there’s reading, writing, and knitting.

I hope my love of life and learning stays with me forever. I like learning from others, listening, sharing. I like something to do every day, spending time at home and time alone with my thoughts.Spending time with Howard.

I’d like to leave a legacy of love. I’d like world peace. I’d like everyone to take charge of his own life, to share himself with his world and to give something back. I’d like love to be all things to all people”

Yes, it all still hold true to this day. There have been some changes/additions. I have published my book, Behind The Mask, we have moved back to California to be near our family, and we are dedicated to seeing our Adopt A Caregiver grow. You can see what that is by looking at

www.adoptacaregiver.org

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Tomorrow Is September 11th

Let us remember tomorrow with reverence. For those who died, and for all those who fought so valiantly to save lives, I thank you. I hope America thanks you.

To those who lost loved ones, I’m so sorry. I hope there is a measure of comfort in your days now and that you have found meaning in your life.

These are hardships. Not the petty little things in everyday life that make you miserable, but mean nothing in the long run.

Remember. Never forget.

Also, try to remember the caregivers, who work everyday, 24/7 to help care for a loved one. It’s not easy, it’s not rewarding, it’s not fun. Life isn’t your own and until you stand in their shoes you don’t know how the caregivers feel. Their emotions, their thoughts.

Visit  www.adoptacaregiver.org  and read Behind The Mask. Stand in a caregivers shoes for a little while, and then be inspired to go out and find a caregiver in your community and send them an email.

Adopt A Caregiver. Give the gift that lasts forever, and costs nothing.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Who Cares For The Caregivers?

Where were you?

This is something I wrote after publishing my secret journal, Behind The Mask, and I think it is something everyone should read at least once. This is the plight of caregivers.

“Where were you when I had no one to talk to, when I needed to vent, when I needed a shoulder to cry on?

Where were you when I tried to smile and couldn’t?

Where were you when I was too depressed to function?

I needed you. But, you were off with friends and clubs, too immersed in your activities to think of mine.

Where were you when I needed you, and everyone deserted us?”

This is how caregivers feel. This is what I want to change and why I want everyone to Adopt A Caregiver. Pleant this seed and it will grow by word of mouth.

Love and kisses Helene

Please see my website www.adoptacaregiver.org

Before It's Too Late

I’ve been rambling again, thinking about things we mustn’t forget. Our selves, and family and long ago times.

Remembering childhood, growing up, where we lived, what it was like being part of our family. Sharing this with our children and grandchildren.

Remembering others who helped us become better people. Reconstructing our lives, making sense of it. Acknowledging our mistakes, learning from them.

Forging ahead from where we started, learning our selves and how to make ourselves into people we want to admire. Helping others as we ourselves were helped.

Listening to the lessons of childhood, school, war, each decade teaching us something more. Growing up, getting married, having babies, how our lives changed.

Responsibilities, commitments, thinking of others instead of our selves and noting decisions made, and roads we took and how they affected us as young adults.

Moving on in life, working, entering mid life. Observing our own family, making new memories. Our children grew up, went to college, left home, got married themselves. Grandchildren came and time flew by faster.

Before we knew it our golden years arrived uninvited. Are we just going to sit here and let them slip away, unnoticed? How are we going to preserve these magical moments in our lives? Are we able to make a diffrerence in one person’s life? Have we learned from our mistakes? Will we remain rold models in our family’s lives?

It’s true no one can take away our memories. But we need to pass on what we have learned. We must reach out to our families who still need us, to our neighbors and friends, to lend support when needed.

Our lives stood for something. Maybe in some small way we helped build truth and character, kept our children free of drugs, made better schools and better teachers and hope our experiences and our wisdom can be shared.

Before it’s too late, we need to think about this. To preserve our memories, to continue our growth and learning, we need to keep our minds and bodies active.

I wrote this several years ago, funny how it holds true today.

And, I am helping others. I started Adopt A Caregiver, please go to www.adoptacaregiver.org and read about it.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Behind The Mask by Helene Moore

To all those who bought my book a huge thank you. The responses to my book have been awesome. When you stand in someone’s shoes, you get to know their feelings, thoughts and emotions. I never tried to make my story a story, I just wrote it day by day to vent my emotions.The sudden diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease was so unexpected, so fast and so devastating.

I always tried to smile for my husband, and the struggle was enormous at times. It strengthened our love affair, and it brought us closer together. We shared our days and cried at night in the darkness of the bedroom, holding each other. We knew it was going to be a tough future, but together we would get through it. My love and kisses and his humor helped get us through the rough days. And there were plenty of them.

But then, the Alzheimer’s diagnosis was changed by the doctor. We were free.

That is how Adopt A Caregiver began.  To help caregivers, to be their friend, when the need one so desperately.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver, and tell them you friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

The Object Of Life

I think the object of life is to live. Live fully, in this moment, and in the next moment.

Plan to make every day a good day, a memorable day.

Be kind and compassionate to yourself and to others. You have to stand in someone’s shoes before you can judge them.

That’s why I published my book, Behind The Mask. Stand in my caregivers shoes for a little bit, and know the emotions and thoughts that go through someone’s mind who is a new caregiver.

I believe in supporting caregivers. All you have to do is look around your neighborhood. Write an email, become a friend. Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene