Golf With Alzheimer's Patients
By Kickntrue on 11/2/10
This short article on how golf is being used with Alzheimer's patients only takes 2 minutes to read and could make you a better human being.

Writes Maryam Mahbod:
Heading to the golf course with my Wednesday afternoon group highlights the week.

Many people feel that way about golfing with their buddies, but there's something you should know about mine. They all have Alzheimer's or another memory-impairing disease. And they constantly inspire me with their abilities and how golf touches their souls.
There is some Alzheimer's in my family, and I honestly cannot think of a worse way to watch someone leave you. It's the one disease that is completely devastating to the person with the disease as well as those who love him or her. I mean- cancer is awful- and I hope to never experience that pain, but to know you are losing your mind while you still alive and functioning, or to watch someone you love dearly forget about you has to be worse emotionally.

I admire anyone with the heart capable of loving and taking care of these patients. Even with no relationship or familial bond, I'd imagine you end up crying yourself to sleep every night.

The article isn't sappy- so don't worry about tears at work, :)

It's just... nice.

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photo source- - Maryam Mahbod

[ comments ]
lcgolfer64 says:
Good Stuff
- Hits home here too...
Good to see great people like this doing great work!
sepfeiff says:
Wow cool.
bashworth says:
easy for them to forget bad shots.
Zepo1a says:
Old people have some great stories, if you'll take the time to listen.
wrhall02 says:
Refreshing to read a positive story about a very devastating disease. I am tired of all the negativity in the world.

And same, same...hits very close to home.
mjaber says:
My wife's most recent job involved work with Alzheimer's and other memory impairment patients. She worked at assisted living facilities, coordinating daily activities for those residents. She was a great help to me when my grandmother was diagnosed with the disease.

Zep is right, they have great stories. As horrible and painful it is to watch a loved one go through this, the one amazing thing is how detailed the memories of the early parts of their life become. As they lose the more recent memories, the older ones become much more vivid and easily recalled.

I urge all of you to check out your local Alzheimer's Association chapter. They do fundraisers year-round. Around here, they get local restaurants to donate all their food sales from a particular night to the cause. They also have the Memory walk, which happens every year.
mjaber says:
Funny story about the restaurants. My cousin works at a local college in the mail room. One of the restaurants (Fudrucker's) was right across the street. The way the fundraiser was setup, everyone who was donating their meal purchase had to come in with a ticket and give it to the order-taker. Every person at the college who had a mailbox got a ticket, and I think almost everyone showed up. It was absolutely hilarious. I'm not sure if the manager was angry or excited, but he was very animated behind the counter watching all of the money go through.
Kurt the Knife says:
My dad died from the dz. He was a wanderer when his cognition was sound. Ya shoulda seen the terrain he covered occasionally (read-"escaped") after he was deep in the funk.
I wish I thought of this when he was still around. He loved his gardening and road scrounging (would pick up change often coming home with a coupla bux worth). Imagine if I woulda given him a pitchmark repair tool and a bucket.
Every teebox free of every last wood shaving and every green crater free for miles around!

Miss the crazy ol' lout.
Kurt the Knife says:
Not sure about other folks but,
" but to know you are losing your mind while you still alive and functioning,"
Wasn't our experience. Pops didn't know it as he went in.
His face actually got more relaxed and smiley after a lifetime of emotional pain from war, policework and later being a detective wrinkled and drew it taught.
Progressively, each of his regular afternoon beers he sipped like it was his very first. His last cigar forgotten, each a new relaxing smoke. Evening cookie was a never varying joy.
It was my mom who took the bullet. A BIG FRIGGIN' MONSTER HOWITZER OF A HEARTBUSTING BULLET caring for him as long as she could. He kinda grew out of our entire family but any sign of personal despair evaporated.

Your mileage may vary.
falcon50driver says:
bashworth. my kinda guy
LongTimeAway says:
Thanks for pointing out the story, and thanks to those sharing their stories.

In the past, I worked with many AD patients. Getting AD (or dementia in general) is a major fear for many old folks, right up there with getting a crippling stroke. The classic photo of the AD couple has the smiling patient and the haggard spouse.

Thankfully support services and helpful medications are becoming more readily available.
edditude says:
Hearing about Manager Great Sparky Anderson had been placed in hospice care then a day later passes away with demencia another memory desease and my dad may had demencia as well as along with parkinsons as he 1 day went driving and got lost trying to find his way home. These are sad deseases alot of people have know clue about.
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