Alzheimer’s, family relationships and Caregiver survival

ALZHEIMER’S, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS


By the time you’ve found this post, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about Alzheimer’s. You probably know that today – in March 2018 – there is no way to stop, slow or reverse this disease. Perhaps you’ve read a few terrifying statistics.  You’ve probably already seen enough photos of frail, gray-haired people to last a lifetime. If your heart is pounding and your palms are sweating, you are in good company.

Alzheimer’s is a tough diagnosis to hear.  It requires effort to accept. While Alzheimer’s is busy degenerating the brain of one family member, caring for that person chips away at the physical and mental well-being of other family members. 

I had a Mom with Alzheimer’s and a Dad who was her Caregiver. Through our fifteen-year journey, I learned first-hand that we children will be involved in our parent’s Alzheimer’s.  Our choice is whether to raise our hands to volunteer or wait to be conscripted.

I’m here to prepare (adult) children for family-life with a parent with Alzheimer’s. What good is preparing?  Preparation gets you ready to respond to the daily surprises that come with Alzheimer’s.

What kind of surprises are on the way?  Here’s one that flipped my thinking around for good.  I realized that my Mom’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis actually meant that two (2) family members needed extra care:  my Mom AND my Dad (Mom’s Caregiver). 

How serious is the Caregiver’s need for care?  Research shows that the Caregiver usually dies before the person with Alzheimer’s. So, pretty serious.

If you’d like to give your Caregiver a chance to survive Alzheimer’s, you’ve come to right place. I’m sharing what I’ve learned from fifteen years of trial-and-error. How about we move forward together?

If you’re curious about what Alzheimer’s might bring in the next decade of your life, watch this short (less-than-6-minute) interview. Guess which of us is more nervous talking about Alzheimer’s. Maybe we have something in common with you?

Your Friend on the Journey,

Barbara



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Design award for PATTERNS IN TIME

Patterns in Time wins Gold 2017 MarCom Award

Visual Guide to One Family’s Alzheimer’s Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Mill, SC – Revised: October 14, 2017

MarCom Awards, one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world, announced the 2017 winners on October 12, 2017.  Patterns in Time®, published by The Perfect Thing LLC of Fort Mill, SC wins gold in the print publication category.  Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries.  

Judges of the MarCom Awards are industry professionals who look for the brightest, most radical and revolutionary creatives rocking the marketing and communication industry.  Recognition goes to those who communicate boldly and brilliantly through planning, design and writing.

“At The Perfect Thing LLC, our goal is to publish Alzheimer’s resources with visual stories that are easy for busy people to remember,” says Barbara Ivey, The Perfect Thing Chief Marketing Officer. “Creative design is key. We are grateful to be among the 2017 winners, and for the recognition for Patterns in Time®.”

A full list of winners from the MarCom Awards can be found at http://www.marcomawards.com.

MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. https://marcomawards.com/

The Perfect Thing LLC is an independent publisher of visual and heartfelt titles for families getting through Alzheimer’s.  The Perfect Thing LLC is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC. https://www.theperfectthing.info

Barbara Ivey (@alzbarbie) writes for Alzheimer’s Kids and Caregivers and is based in Fort Mill, SC. Barbara Ivey is the author/copywriter of Patterns in Time®

BO Haynes (@bohaynes) is an artist based in Charlotte, NC.  BO Haynes is the illustrator and designer of Patterns in Time®

Colson Printing of Valdosta, GA is a full-service printing and graphic arts company. Learn more at: http://www.colsonprinting.com.

Contact Author

Barbara Ivey

The Perfect Thing LLC

+1 704-877-9283

BO Haynes Wins Gold MarCom Award for Patterns in Time

Visual Guide to One Family’s Alzheimer’s Journey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Mill, SC – Revised: October 14, 2017

MarCom Awards, one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world, announced the 2017 winners on October 12, 2017.  BO Haynes was recognized as a Gold Award winner as illustrator and designer in the printed publication category of out of over 5,000 entries from around the world. 

Judges of the MarCom Awards are industry professionals who look for the brightest, most radical and revolutionary creatives rocking the marketing and communication industry.  Recognition goes to those who communicate boldly and brilliantly through planning, design and writing.

“The Perfect Thing is grateful to be recognized for our creative superstars,” says Barbara Ivey, Chief Marketing Officer of The Perfect Thing . “Our goal is to publish Alzheimer’s resources with visual stories that are easy for busy people to remember. Creative design is key. BO Haynes breathed life into this story, and we congratulation him on the MarCom recognition.”

A full list of winners from the MarCom Awards can be found at http://www.marcomawards.com.

MarCom Awards honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals.  Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. https://marcomawards.com/

The Perfect Thing LLC is an independent publisher of visual and heartfelt titles for families getting through Alzheimer’s.  The Perfect Thing LLC is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC. https://www.theperfectthing.info

BO Haynes (@bohaynes) is an artist based in Charlotte, NC.  BO Haynes is the illustrator and designer of Patterns in Time®

Barbara Ivey (@alzbarbie) writes for Alzheimer’s Kids and Caregivers and is based in Fort Mill, SC. Barbara Ivey is the author/copywriter of Patterns in Time®

Colson Printing of Valdosta, GA is a full-service printing and graphic arts company. Learn more at: http://www.colsonprinting.com.

Contact Author

Barbara Ivey

The Perfect Thing LLC

+1 704-877-9283

 

Patterns in Time®

Patterns in Time® follows the complete Alzheimer’s journey of one family.  This journey has been meticulously recreated from medical reports and family records.  This first-of-its-kind resource shows the progression of care required in one Alzheimer’s journey. Handy for Caregivers making care decisions for their Loved One, and for Alzheimer’s Kids lifting up their Caregiver and Loved One.

8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ PAMPHLET. Unfolds to 33 inches.

Printed in the United States

 

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