It's A Girl

We are going to be great grandparents, baby is due 11/29/09

Found out today. It’s a girl! Exciting news. I knew we moved back here at the right time. Now we can’t wait. It’s been 20 years since there has been a baby in the family. Yes, my youngest grandchild is 20……

I have to start knitting.

Tomorrow we go to our new doctor for physicals. Hopefully, all will be well.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Support caregivers.  See my new website

www.adoptacaregiver.org

The Birthday Girl

This birthday woman had a great day. Brunch with the family and everyone came and we had a good time talking and eating.

Now I’m as old as my husband, until August 18th. 78 years young. Our bodies may be falling apart, but we ae young at heart and still doing the things we love. That’s important, at any age.

I’ve pulled out some of my writing, and it will be slow going, but I’m sticking to it this time. I don’t have too much time to waste any more.

I will still make time to support caregivers. My www.adoptacaregiver.org is up and running. I’m starting to speak to people and make some contacts.

I encourage caregivers to vent, on paper, write out their fears, anger, whatever is bothering them. It’s so carthartic. It’s a healing process unlike any other.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Look in your own community and find a caregiver to adopt. The rewards are many.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Caregivers On My Mind

Caregivers have been on my mind. There have been so many new studies and findings in Alzheimer’s Disease, as seen on many websites. One I like is the Alzheimer’s Daily News. There are so many, too many to list, but for those who just want simple articles can do in depth with the above website.

One of the big shoe companies is making a GPS tracking chip that can be used for Alzheimer’s patients who are wandeing around. The chip makes finding these people quickly a huge factor in preventing accidents.

Other news is more and more people are being diagnosed, many early onset, meaning by the age of 63. I believe in early diagnosis and doing everything you can aggressively to slow down the progress of the disease.

So, what about the caregivers? Some people are caregivers by nature. But what about the others who are thrust into the position sometimes with no warning. These people are overwhelmed, alone, feeling abandoned, scared of the future, not knowing which way to turn. We can help.

What does it take to support a caregiver. Look into your own community and find a caregiver. A community is where you work, live, go to school, play bridge, golf, or attend a social club, church,  or synagogue. It only takes a few minutes to send an email, offer to be his/her friend, let someone introduce you, someone who knows this person. Start a friendship, you remember how to do that, don’t you? Listen, learn, feel. Do not judge.

If you don’t know how it feels to be standing in a caregivers shoes, read Behind The Mask by Helene Moore. This is my secret journal written during the seven years my husband had the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. We were one of the very rare few who had the diagnosis changed. We are blessed and this is my way of giving back.

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

Keep love and kisses in your life Helene

New Week/New Doctors

One thing about moving to another city, is starting up with new doctors.  Tomorrow we have an appointment with a Urologist, and Wednesday with a Neurologist. In less than two weeks we have our physicals coming up, again with a new doctor. I’m lucky my family lives here and is so helpful.

Same with starting new projects. New contacts. Knitting several new projects, reading Lis Wiehl’s new book, which is very interesting and well written, and looking for contacts for Adopt A Caregiver.

There are caregivers in every community. Just send an email, offer to be their friend, their support system, listen to them. They need someone.

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

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Make The Best Out Of Every Day

Life is short! Live each day with gratitude, love, and balance. And also plan for the rest of your life.

I’ve decided to put some more balance in my life. A little less time checking my stats on the computer, and more time reading, knitting and commenting on other blogs that I love to read.

Helping others, sending less jokes and talking more on the emails about what is going on in my life, and asking about their life.

Looking around my new community and finding caregivers and talking to them, asking how to help. Looking for contacts in Irvine to connect to people who are looking for speakers. I’d like to support all caregivers, but I need help.

If you don’t know what a new caregiver is feeling, read my secret journal written during the time my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and we were advised to keep this diagnosis a secret. Behind The Mask, by Helene Moore is available on this website and also on Amazon.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver, and tell them your friend Helene Moore sent you. Just send an email, offer to be their friend, listen without judging, just be there.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

The Apartment is Finished!

Yes, it’s finished. The closet organizers are in, the pictures are all hung up, and I have to say, it looks great. The kids did a fantastic job, they were such a help. We couldn’t have done it without them.

I love being back here with my family. It’s just been so special, it’s hard to explain.

Everyone has helped. My daughter in law came over last night and stayed for over three hours working on my computer emails. She had to call Cox twice, but she got it done.

Now, I’m behind in everything else. I have to put the clothes away in the closet and the stuff away in my office. I have to work on two stories my friends have asked me to look at. I have to work on the text for my Adopt A Caregiver page, and I need to answer some letters. One or two that are important.

I’m working my way into my new journey of Adopt A Caregiver. They are in your neighborhood and they need our support and friendship. Please, 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

Thank Goodness

Thank Goodness, the hardest part is just about over. My office is 95% finished. That was a job! I doubt there will be room in the apartment for all of my stuff, but we will try.

We have decided to go to California next weekend to look for furniture.

Everything is moving now much quicker than before. I’ve been thinking, it’s going to take us a little longer to get ourselves settled into the apartment than I thought. We will need things for the apartment, and it’s hard to do from here. That means Adopt A Caregiver will have to be on hold for awhile, until we are truly settled into our new place.

In the meantime, please do your part to support the caregivers in your community. 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

Community Get Together

One of our neighbors always invites the entire block to her house before the holidays. This gives everyone a chance to talk and to meet our neighbors and get to know them. It’s a wonderful warm, inviting evening and it’s nice seeing everyone in this kind of setting once a year.

Our neighbors are our friends. Our community is made up of blocks of homes, neighbors all. And every community has caregivers. Look around you. Listen. Try to find one.

Adopt A Caregiver, give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Tell them your friend Helene sent you. Such a nice way to help support caregivers who are so busy helping others in their household. Think about what they are going through. Put yourself in their shoes for a few minutes. Think of ways you can help. Send an email.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

No Life Preserver

I have started to finish the stories of my life, my memoirs,  and I found this amongst some of the papers.

“My pen is poised. Remembering things I want to write down, or forget about.  Stuff I want to think about, what made me the person I am today.

How did I change? Or Grow? And Learn?

Unlike talking, when I write I never know what the pen is going to say in advance, it just flows out.

My story is unique, as yours is, unlike any other”

I summed up my teen years this way, “Broken dreams yanked out of my life due to circumstances beyond my control. Whereas once I was encouraged to dream, I was suddenly thrust head first into life and I didn’t have a life preserver.”

Caregivers are thrown head first into life; in one second their life changes. They don’t have a life preserver either. But we can help. When we hear about someone in our community who has become a caregiver, lets not leave them alone and scared, lets help them.

Adopt a Caregiver and tell them Helene sent you.

Thank you to www.notjusthekitchen.com for their including me in their blog. Thank you. I hope my friends and readers will go to your website and read it.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene