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Alzheimer’s is a deadly disease to manage.
President Ronald Reagan had it.
Ronald Reagan’s son recounts that he used to hug his father every morning.
One day some one asked Reagan,pointing out his son.
He replied ,
Who is it?
The man who hugs me!’
Such is the severity of the disease.
A woman is managing her husband with Alzheimer.
Let’s look into it.
Dedication, that’s the word for it.
US Family Life is not what we see in Hollywood movies.
May these family values endure.
“My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about three years ago. After an extended stay at the hospital and stints in two different rest homes, my mom brought him home to care for him herself. She did this despite warnings that it would be too much for her to handle—even with regular assistance—because the conditions in the homes were too depressing to bear. There is an unseen routine in the lives of most home caregivers that makes Michael Haneke’s Amour look like Sesame Street. I wanted to find out what the day-to-day life of someone tasked with keeping another adult alive is like, so I talked to my mom about it.
VICE: How does your average day begin?
BB: Usually I wake up before LD and get dressed, and I try to get the coffee made and the cereal stuff out. But if he wakes up first, I just get him cleaned and dressed and then do the other stuff.
What time does he get up?
He’s gotten so he goes to bed between 8 and 9 PM and sometimes sleeps until noon. One day I was so tired and exhausted that I didn’t hear him and he got up and went into the den at seven in the morning. He ended up somehow falling, and I found him on the floor tangled up in the chair. But usually I wake up before him and get dressed real quick, because if I don’t he watches me do every single thing, and it drives me crazy.
Why does he watch you?
Because he doesn’t have anything else to do. He just stares. And he wants to see what food I’m making.
I know he usually wets the bed at night, even through the disposable underwear. Do you change the sheets after you wake him up?
I take the sheets and the pajamas and the shirt and socks and just wrap them up in that plastic liner that keeps the mattress pad dry. Sometimes if he wakes up before I do he’ll have already taken his underpants off. I get him to the bathroom and have him sit on the toilet so I can get his wet clothes off and wipe him off with Handi Wipes.
You have him sit on the toilet to get dressed and undressed?
Yeah, because he might go. And if he’s not bad, I can use those Handi Wipes and wipe him off and put powder on his back and in his underwear so that it will be dry. But, like, today he was soaked and had taken his own stuff off and didn’t want to get in the shower. He doesn’t like me to bother his pants, and when I mess with them, that’s when he grabs my wrists. I figured out that I can reach behind him and underneath and pull the pants down that way. He’s still grabbing, but once I get them down, he’ll sit on the toilet. It’s tricky. Once he’s got a hold of my wrist I’ll threaten him. I say, “You’re going to have this hand in your face if you don’t let go of my hand.” [laughs] He knows I’m not going to do it, but… I get really angry because I’m helping him. I try to explain to him, “I’m trying to help you, and you are hurting me.” And he’s strong. Sometimes my wrists are red afterward.
He doesn’t realize you’re helping him.
He wants to do things himself. He always has.
Then when you finish with the clothes…
Once I get him in the shower, I pour shampoo on his head. Baby shampoo, so he won’t tear up. I used to give him soap and he’d use it, but now he doesn’t, so I put on these gloves and put the soap on my hands and just reach in the shower. Of course I get soaking wet—my jeans and everything, but I soap him up and down and wash his head. He doesn’t like that at all.
- Cafe caters dances, chats for Alzheimer’s patients (q13fox.com)
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Craziest thing to do is to auction.
Surprising where these ideas originate!
“An auction house has called off the sale of a vial of blood said to be from Ronald Reagan after the late US president‘s foundation and his family expressed outrage.
Online bidding had reached about $30,000 (£19,136) when the auction was cancelled.
The decision to cancel the auction has been praised by the foundation.
Its executive director John Heubusch said: “We are very pleased with this outcome and wish to thank the consignor and PFC Auctions for their assistance in this matter.”
He added he was pleased the late president’s blood will be kept “out of public hands”.
PFC Auctions had earlier claimed the vial of dried blood residue was taken at George Washington University Hospital in March 1981 after Mr Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley.
It is said to have come from a person whose late mother had worked at a medical lab. The foundation had said that if this was true, its sale was a “craven act”.
The auction website showed a picture of the blood-filled vial with a typed label showing the president’s name stuck to it.
The sale was due to be completed on Thursday.
Reagan was ridiculed at the time of his assumption to office as a simpleton with no grasp of things,a cowboy.
But his commitment to US is unquestionable, his views are straight forward, he shot straight, communication simple and he achieved more than what others could not for US.
You may agree with him deride him but you can never ignore him.
It was hard to know what about Reagan, who was elected in 1980 as a bristling anti-communist, offended the foreign policy establishment more: his harsh rhetoric consigning the Soviet Union to the ash heap of history or his scorn for the prevailing doctrine of mutually assured destruction. State Department bureaucrats who tried to censor his speeches, most notably his 1987 Berlin ultimatum to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” threw up their hands when Reagan proposed to eliminate nuclear weapons altogether. Even among his White House staff, admiration for the President’s achievements was mingled with a faint whiff of condescension. “He knows so little and accomplishes so much,” marveled Robert McFarlane, the third of Reagan’s six National Security Advisers.
Reagan was a sharply polarizing figure. His job-approval rating bottomed out at 35% halfway through his first term. Yet he left Washington more popular than when he first took office, a feat unmatched since Dwight Eisenhower. That’s not all the two men had in common. “You know why I like you, Ike?,” Winston Churchill asked the wartime commander who had labored, more or less harmoniously, alongside Bernard Law Montgomery, Charles de Gaulle and Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Because you ain’t no glory hopper.” True to form, in the Oval Office, Eisenhower displayed a paperweight that read, in Latin, “Gently in manner, strong in deed.” Equally revealing was the plaque Reagan placed atop his presidential desk. “There is no limit to what a man can do, or where he can go,” it proclaimed, “if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”
For decades to come, students of the Reagan era will debate Margaret Thatcher’s assertion that her American ally won the Cold War without firing a shot. Nearly as intense is the argument swirling around the arms-for-hostages deal known as Iran-contra, a bizarre enterprise born of administrative neglect, wishful thinking and Reagan’s all-too-human desire to rescue his countrymen brutalized by their Middle East captors. Under more benign circumstances, Reagan didn’t hesitate to poke fun at the supposed confusion in his White House, conceding, “Our right hand doesn’t know what our far right hand is doing.” That he could laugh at himself was a source of reassurance to Americans who had lived through a series of failed or tragically shortened presidencies. Not the least of Reagan’s accomplishments was to refute popular doubts, widespread in 1980, that the office had grown too demanding for any one individual to master.
By his own acknowledgment, Reagan arrived in Washington with a script. Indeed, by running in 1980 on a clearly articulated platform of less government, lower taxes, fresh incentives for entrepreneurship and a massive military buildup to counter Soviet expansionism, he could legitimately claim an electoral mandate for what he called his New Beginning. The actor in Reagan instinctively understood that successful leaders don’t just speak to us; they speak for us. Certainly, no one who heard his husky-voiced tribute to “the boys of Pointe du Hoc” 40 years after they scaled the walls of Hitler’s Fortress Europe is likely to forget the experience. But it was in unscripted moments, far more than any of Michael Deaver‘s made-for-television stagecraft, that Reagan showed his essential self. Above all, on March 30, 1981. In taking an assassin’s bullet and cracking wise in the shadow of death, he displayed qualities of character only hinted at on the campaign trail. The grace and grit he exhibited that day marked the genesis of Reagan’s enduring bond with the American people, including millions who never voted for him.