MY JOURNAL 2012 RSS Feed this feed you can follow the latest changes to my blog.en-usjimmarym@gmail.comMon, 12 Nov 2012 14:14:17 +01004636227 toy<p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #3366ff;">We are keeping busy with our new life in Brockville. &nbsp;Jim and I are on the planning committee for A Changing Melody Forum in Kingston in May. &nbsp;With our lovely weather Jim has even been able to enjoy his kayaking and cycling. &nbsp;We got a new toy....a Nexus 7 tablet. &nbsp;I've been busy learning how to use it, &nbsp;and download fun applications. &nbsp;In fact, this journal entry is coming to you from my Tablet. &nbsp;How neat is that eh? &nbsp;And when I phone you using our Magic Jack, it is also coming through our tablet. &nbsp;Isn't technology so amazing?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></p>Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:00:48 +01002012-11-12T14:14:17+01:00 Slowdowns<p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;">I wanted to explain something to all the caregivers who visit our website.&nbsp; (We have over 3 thousand hits a week here, by the way.)</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;">Something I've been noticing for some time now is how much longer it is taking me to do the very basic chores, like taking a shower for example.&nbsp; When its time to get out of the shower, I have to stop and consider for a minute about which foot I need to put on the edge of the tub to dry first.&nbsp; If I put the wrong foot up, dry it then go to step out, I'm not facing the support rail on the wall which I have to grab onto.&nbsp; So I have to start all over again, using the other foot first.&nbsp; Each day of course requires the same thought process all over again.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;">It's really nice we're retired isn't it....I can take as long as needed and still be fairly independent!<br /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></p>Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:52:56 +01002012-10-29T13:52:56+01:00're Here<p><span style="color: #3366ff; font-size: 16px;">Here we are all settled in at our new home in Brockville.&nbsp; Jim is very impressed with his kayaking and cycling here.&nbsp; There is an exercise class in our building Tuesday and Thursday mornings, so I'm hoping to become really fit.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #3366ff; font-size: 16px;">I've also discovered the Brockville Alzheimers Society, which not only has a support group for caregivers, but <em>two</em> support groups for persons with dementia.&nbsp; One is designed for those newly diagnosed.&nbsp; I've joined the "Just For You" Support Group, which has been specifically designed for individuals who have been living with dementia for some time.&nbsp; This support group provides an opportunity meet others who are experiencing similar difficulties and exchange information in a welcoming and supportive environment.&nbsp; While I was enjoying myself with my new friends, Jim and the other husbands went for coffee and visited.&nbsp; I think this is going to work well for both of us.</span></p>Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:54:14 +02002012-10-24T18:54:14+02:00<p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;">Our niece Jordana is getting married in Ottawa tomorrow, and I've spent the last few weeks trying to arrange my wardrobe for the weekend.&nbsp; Since I've lost <strong>26 pounds</strong> so far, nothing much fits anymore! I purchased a 3 piece outfit, and have been back to the store twice to change my mind on my purchases.&nbsp; So now I have an outfit for the wedding, <strong>maybe</strong>.&nbsp; I'm taking along four different tops, and my sister can advise me on what to wear!&nbsp; I'm thinking I may need to hire a full time DRESSER just to keep me on track, and not wear my brain out to a total frazzle!</span></p>Sat, 06 Oct 2012 14:53:12 +02002012-10-06T14:54:01+02:00 of changes<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #339966;">We're about to make a few changes in our life.&nbsp; Jim and I have spent the last 26 years living for the summer months in a trailer at a campground.&nbsp; We've now sold our trailer and are looking forward to having mini-vacations with my sister June and hubby Nick, and maybe experience some Canada wide travel. Our brother Dave and wife Margaret may even join us on some of our excursions!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #339966;">Our other big news is.....yep....we're moving again!&nbsp;&nbsp; We've had our name on the waiting list for a seniors apartment in Brockville, Ontario for a couple of years...and they now have a two bedroom available.&nbsp; Brockville is only an hour from Ottawa, where we have quite a few family living.&nbsp; We move the first of November, and are very excited.&nbsp; Jim's even found a facility in Brockville right on the St. Lawrence Seaway where he can keep his kayak, and go kayaking whenever his heart desires.&nbsp; We've also found a hitch mounted bike rack so Jim and Nick can take their bikes along on our mini-vacations. I'm sure June and I won't mind shopping while the boys go play on their bikes!<img class="mce-emotion" title="Cool" src="/images/tinyMceEditor/smilies/smile.png" alt="Cool" border="0" /></span></p>Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:28:42 +02002012-09-21T20:28:42+02:00 Gray<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">I think I've figured out why we senior people are mostly gray haired.&nbsp; It's the fault of the modern day technology!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">Here is an example. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">We've had a cellphone now for about 8 years....just your 'plain jane' variety that made phone calls is all.&nbsp; We decided it was time to move up a bit to a SMART phone.&nbsp; We've been having great fun....using our pay as you go plan with Virgin Mobile.&nbsp; wasn't so cheap anymore to have fun.&nbsp; So I found a much cheaper way with President's Choice only 20 cents a minute.&nbsp; But first we had to ask Virgin Mobile to please deregister our phone....they will in 120 days!! No reason for that apparently, except they can!&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">So I've talked to President's Choice...and for $59 I can buy and register a wee phone....then transfer the SIM card to our SMART phone...and we're laughing.&nbsp; In 120 days Jim can use the wee phone while cycling in case of emergency, and we'll have a new SIM card registered with President's Choice in our SMART phone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">Getting this figured out in my head has indeed caused many more gray hairs......but I'm way SMARTer!!</span><br /></span></p>Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:43:23 +02002012-09-16T20:16:18+02:00 Real Estate<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #ff0000;">Persons with FTD tend to exhibit marked behavioral changes such as disinhibition, apathy, loss of sympathy or empathy for others, or <span style="color: #339966;"><em><strong>overeating</strong></em></span>. Over the past few years I have acquired more real estate on my person than is either healthy or becoming.&nbsp; So a month ago I decided it was definitely time to dispurse as much of this real estate as I could!&nbsp; I've been following the Dukan Diet and have had quite good results.&nbsp; I'm now down 16 pounds!&nbsp; My slacks are all dragging on the floor, unless I roll the waste band a notch or two.&nbsp; I may soon have to go on a shopping spree.&nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="mce-emotion" title="Cool" src="/images/tinyMceEditor/smilies/smile.png" alt="Cool" border="0" />&nbsp;</span> </p>Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:25:17 +02002012-09-07T17:25:17+02:00 Spoon Theory<p><span style="color: #800080; font-size: 16px;">I came across this wonderful article that I think you will enjoy.&nbsp; It's a simple way of explaining why those with a disease such as alzheimers, and many other chronic diseases aren't able to complete all the things in one day they used to do.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:36:33 +02002012-08-21T15:36:33+02:00 Games<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">Yet another article appears on the benefits of computer games on our cognition and memory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">UCLA researchers found that older adults who regularly used a brain fitness program played on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">You can read more at this site:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">As I've probably mentioned before, I spend at least half of my day playing games on the computer.&nbsp; An excellent pasttime while Jim is off cycling or kayaking!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:09:34 +02002012-08-09T01:09:34+02:00 Thing<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">What's one thing that you never want to forget? Alzheimer's disease is the largest underfunded public health threat today, and it's growing at an epidemic rate. More awareness means more funding, and more support for those affected. Help us spread the word and put an end to Alzheimer's.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">Watch this short video :</span></p> <p>&nbsp; <a href=";feature=player_embedded">;feature=player_embedded</a></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #0000ff;">At the end of the video there is a link to donate to the Alzheimers Society in the States.&nbsp; If you would like to make a donation to the Canadian Alzheimers Society, please click here:</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:35:37 +02002012-07-24T21:50:14+02:00 already<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #ff0000;">Where have the lovely summer days gone?&nbsp; I've been battling a virus for what seems like forever with sore throat, head cold, and stuffed ears.&nbsp; But worse than that, our son Sandy has been in intensive care all week with pneumococcal pneumonia.&nbsp; Sandy is our son who had radiation in February to shrink a brain tumor.&nbsp; And then to add to our worries, our son Gene in Vancouver broke his wrist in two places, and may be looking at surgery to make things right.&nbsp; One of these days soon I hope to be able to say PHEW...thank goodness that's all over with.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Fri, 20 Jul 2012 01:40:43 +02002012-07-20T01:40:43+02:00 goes on<p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #00ccff;">It definitely takes me longer to get back to normal when we've gone through so much stress, and all the visiting with family and friends.&nbsp; I've become a couch potato this week, not doing much of anything.&nbsp; I have enjoyed <a href=""><span style="color: #00ccff;"></span></a> many times throughout the days, for that extra bit of help mellowing out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px; color: #00ccff;">Unfortunately one of Jim's cousins passed away suddenly at the age of 51, so we have another memorial service on Monday at Elora, Ontario.&nbsp; Hopefully, the rest of the summer will flow smoothly by without any headwinds.</span> </p>Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:18:46 +02002012-07-06T16:18:46+02:00 rough week<p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;">Life is like an hourglass.....eventually everything hits the bottom and all you have to do is wait it out until someone comes along and turns it around.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;">I think our whole family is anxiously waiting for someone to turn it around about now.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: 16px;"><br />We are incredibly fortunate to have a very closeknit and supportive family circle and we'll all manage just fine. <br /></span></p>Mon, 02 Jul 2012 00:28:01 +02002012-07-02T00:29:52+02:00, 01 Jul 2012 16:23:26 +02002012-07-01T16:26:05+02:00 ]]> sad news<p><span style="font-size: 16px;">Our dear grandson James passed away yesterday morning at the age of 22.&nbsp; James had Duchenes muscular dystrophy and struggled bravely on until the end.&nbsp; We were blessed to have James in our lives for even this short time.&nbsp; We are having a Celebration of Jame's Life on Friday with all his family and many friends sharing in a barbeque.&nbsp;</span></p>Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:25:43 +02002012-06-24T14:25:43+02:00