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December 9, 2018

I am doing well.




I just wanted to let you readers know, I am continuing to do the things George and I did together.  Bike, yoga, visiting family, dining with friends...

I am also filling out applications for part-time work and spending many hours turning this blog into a book.

So you will start seeing pages disappear as I save and then remove posts from the beginning.

I am excited about the possibility of having others read our story and benefit from it.  I have decided to give a portion of each sale to the Alzheimer's Family organization that provides funds to caregivers for respite care or to Alzheimer's disease research.

You can look for the book in the next few months on Amazon Kindle.

Alzheimer's Trippin' With George

and

Alzheimer's Trippin' With George-The Journey Continues

I am hopeful that family and friends of those who are giving care will read the second book at least.  It is a testament, I think, to the difference a friend can make by showing they care in some way.  But not in offering a "you should" but in offering a hug or a, "You are amazing!" or an date and time to take their loved one to lunch or a time to sit with them so the caregiver can leave or rest.


Respite time is so important for both the caregiver and the one with dementia.  It allows the caregiver to maintain their mental and physical health so they can continue to be patient in their care of their loved one.

THANK YOU again to every one who reached out to express support, send a card, pay for a day of respite or provide a couple hours of time sitting with George.  May every caregiver be so loved and so lucky!

THANK YOU to all that have expressed condolences after George's death.  I am so grateful for friends and family that allowed me to stay with them for days either while traveling or in the early days of grief.

REMEMBERING
On January 1, 2019 sometime after 1:15 or 1:30, immediately following our bike group's annual potluck, we will be christening the tandem trike for the use of the members of our group.  And we will be honoring some memories of George by the re-telling of them.

Already the tandem (or halves of it) has been used by two members.  The tandem is really two trikes assembled together.  One of them has electric assist (the red half).

We will be calling the tandem "The George", George Red and George Yellow.  Right now the George Red is being used by a rider with COPD.  The George Yellow is waiting in my garage for the next rider to find themselves temporarily or permanently disabled.









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