Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Raising Awareness: September 21, 2008 World Alzheimer's Day!

Last night, I read a very thoughtful and inspirational blog entry written by my Slow Travel Blogging friend, María. She shared some very interesting and important nutritional information as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease, which I was not aware of prior to reading it on her blog.

After reading her ENTRY, I imagined how it might be to lose some or maybe all recollection of all of my recent travel experiences, the people I had met, the great places I’ve seen and more importantly the events in my life shared with my family and friends. It was too difficult for me to imagine how that would be.

Did you know that there are 5 million individuals in our Country today who currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease? This is an astounding statistic to me and I became aware of it only after learning about it on Maria's blog. I wonder how many others aren't aware? I have decided to join Maria’s efforts to raise awareness, increase education about the disease and also contribute to help support research.

Thank you so much Maria for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and for sharing your story.

If you want to learn more about Alzheimer's disease, you can go to the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone and remember, Sunday, September 21, 2008 "World Alzheimer's Day"


  1. Great post Kathy.

    And I read your Y.I.K.E.S. post - I think it sounds like you are in very good shape! 48 days and counting....

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I’m so touched to see that my post inspired you to write this wonderful post! Thank you so much for taking part in encouraging people to learn more about this disease and promoting the World Alzheimer's Day. There are so many ways to get involved, from writing to Congress (to increase research funding and protect vital Alzheimer's programs from fund cutting), writing about it as you just did or participating on the Memory Walk.

    There are two movies that deal with Alzheimer’s and I highly recommend them: The Notebook (with Ryan Gosling ;-)) and Away from Her for which Julie Christie got an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for Best Actress. Both are wonderful movies that deal with the subject matter in a very realistic but dignified manner.

    Thank you again, Kathy, from the bottom of my heart. Maybe next year we can do the Memory Walk together. You know I fly for ‘peanuts’ and could be in LA for next year’s walk.

  3. Hi Annie, thanks for your comments. It seems like yesterday my clock was at over 100 days and look at it now! 48 Days . . .

    I usually go through about 2 or 3 "yikes" episodes before every trip and it usually occurs when I'm organizing my notes. But I'll get over it once I'm organized and then it's back to the Whoo hoo stage again! :)

    Thanks so much for your encouragements!

    Have a great weekend too Annie!

  4. Kathy, that is just a perfect way to put it. I think all of us travelers have our "yikes" stages and our "Whoo hoo" stages! So far, I'm mainly in "whoo hoo" about Venice because I'm essentially taking the same trip I took last year. But as it gets closer, I know I'll have some "yikes."

    Happy weekend!

  5. Hi Maria, actually all thanks should go to you for raising awareness about Alzheimers. Writing congress is a great suggestion, I will definitely do that as well. After I read your post I made sure all my co-workers knew about this Sunday and just today we had a lengthy discussion about the nutritional information you wrote about. They didn't know about that either, and now they know.

    I don't believe that I have seen those two movies yet, so I will have to add them to my Netflix list. They sound very interesting. I like when movies are made well especially on important subject matters. Movies are made to entertain as well as inform.

    I would love to do LA's Memory Walk with you! That sounds like a great idea. And if you don't have a place to stay, you are more than welcome to bunk in one of my spare rooms! I actually considered doing it this year but it's scheduled for October 5 and I had a conflict in my schedule.

    Thanks again for writing such an informative post. Have a great evening and an awesome Sunday Maria!

  6. Hi Annie, well . . . I'm back to my Whoo Hoo stage again! I was just reading up on my next entry for Cadiz & Ronda and doing research on Spanish Music and that subject matter alone always gives me a boost!

    46 Days and counting . . . Whoo hoo! :)

    Have a great Sunday Annie!

  7. Kathy,

    I wrote a comment a few days ago on this post and don't see it posted. I had to click on post twice and I think it got lost in cyberspace. I thanked you for this thoughtful post and for saying yes to next year's Memory Walk. You are a very thoughtful and caring blog friend and I'm so glad ( and fortunate) to know you.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    p.s. thanks for the lead on the PBS program. I set the DVR to record it when it aired last Thursday.

  8. Hi Maria, I'm sorry about your post being lost. I've had to double click on some posts too.

    It'll be a great memory walk to do and I look forward to it. I just did a MADD walk over the weeekend with a friend who asked me to take photos of the event as well so she can put them in their newsletter. I think it's very important to keep causes like Alzhiemer's disease in the public forefront. Education, Awareness and support to further research are so important for those who suffer from it, for the family members who care for them and for the general public.

    Cool that your PBS station already aired it. Madrid will be aired on October 5, 2008 in my area so that's perfect timing for me before my trip since my first stop will be Madrid! :)

    Have a great week Maria! I think Anne takes off for Florence this week, then you, then me, then Annie, Whoo Hoo!


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