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Alzheimers Stamp by DwayneF Alzheimers Stamp by DwayneF
I help to care for my father who has Alzheimers.

I created the ribbon in Illustrator, but I used the stamp template from zilla774. [link]
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ArtWolfTK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I can relate...today was a very traumatic day for me. Some things happened and I think we were pretty lucky but...I can't stop crying. Alzheimers is truly horrible :(
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odezia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My grandmother was diagnosed a year ago, so far she's doing very well, but it's obvious she isn't the same anymore. My grandfather is blind, and used to depend on her for care, so both of them had to move into a retirement community.
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DwayneF Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Unfortunately that is a common story. We have to feel sympathy for the afflicted and the care givers.
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Art-From-The-Id Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   General Artist
I take care of my father-in-law who has Alzheimers and my Mother-in-law has Dementia. I appreciate the stamp!
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Thanks. I appreciate the comment :)
Remember to take care of yourself. You're no good to anyone else if you're neglecting your own health.
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
My grandmother has this I'm told. I went to see her and she didn't know who I was. She sees my dad (her son) and asks often who he is too.
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SnowFlower55 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've never known anyone with Alzheimers, but from reading about it, it must be awful, for both the sufferer and their loved ones. I wish I could say something more meaningful, but for what it's worth, thank you for the stamp.
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Pantherartist Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a good one. My grandmother had it and died recently.
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PyroPrincess00 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
I'm caring for my mother with the disease now. :( I'd like to make people more aware of the disease here on dA. Thank you for the stamp. :)
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Feel free to use the stamp. I too wish more people were aware of the disease. It's sad, but it usually takes a personal experience with a family member for people to give it more attention.
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Farside4 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
My Mother, My Mother-In-Law, died from it, My Husband has it, and I can say it is terrible,
Cindy
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
It's a terribly personal disease. I'm sure you know what I mean when I say my Dad had good days and bad days. Sometimes, we had to take it hour by hour. The most frustrating part is seeing that look on their face...the one that lets you know they're just a frustrated as you are. It's hard to decide if you want them aware of their illness or is ignorance truly bliss in their case.
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Farside4 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Yes it is, and one not many understand. Sending a (((HUG))
Cindy
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Bat-Snake Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm with you. It's what snagged my great-grandmother (with a Emmy-award-movie-worth history) back in '08 . I gotta say that my very worst fear IS Alzheimers. It's a sad and scary thing.
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Michiyo-Nakashima Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this~ My Grandfather was recently diagnosed with it. He's in the beginning stages, but still...
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Thank you. Sorry to hear your news. Ask him lots of questions and listen to all the stories he wants to tell. They're the memories you'll cherish.
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Michiyo-Nakashima Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Student General Artist
yeah...Thanks :)
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fitegrl13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
my father also has alzheimers i help care for him im 13
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stampz-r-4-licking Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
I work in a nursing home in an Alzheimer's unit. I've often wondered if a stamp like this was on dA. I'm glad to see that it is. Thank you for making this, on behalf of all the wonderful people I know who are suffering with this disease. :hug:
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
:hug: I think it takes a special person to deal with a family member, but an awesome person to work with other people's family members with Alzheimer's. Thank You!
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stampz-r-4-licking Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Your welcome. I was actually attacked by a patient today ^^; Thankfully I wasn't hurt, but that is the scariest part of the disease. I see all kinds of levels, from the very mild to the extreme. I always remind myself of who they were when stuff like that happens. I always want them to have their dignity.
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SpiritedForestFaery Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
I know this is a big ask, but I was wondering whether I could use this in a presentation me and my friends about the work we have done for people with Alzheimers. It would be showed on a Powerpoint to an audience and if you aren't OK with that, that is absolutely fine.
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Please feel free to use the stamp. I only hope the quality is good enough. I tried to track down the AI file, but it is old and I could not track down the back up.
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SpiritedForestFaery Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Thank you so much! You see, we have to give a presentation about the work we've done and will do in the future and we are competing for £2500 to help us futher our work. It's an incredible opportunity for us to help, we're only fourteen after all but doing this for the community is just...amazing.
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Best of luck with the project :D
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SpiritedForestFaery Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Thank you very much! I've spent lots of the afternoon doing the PP side of it for my group (that and photographing my gran's hand for the slide backgrounds)
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OishiiFeawen Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
I lost my father to alzheimers back when I was 12 years old, the hardest part for me was him not remembering me when he passed. It's rough, and I know how you feel. My condolences.

Thanks for posting this stamp :heart:
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DwayneF Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
It's a terrible disease that effects all family members. Feel free to use the stamp.
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OishiiFeawen Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Thanks :heart:
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Wings-of-Xin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
I lost my grandfather to alzheimers... It's kinda funny...he used to love me a lot when I was younger, but when I turned about 7, he couldn't even remember who I was... I...I wonder if he remembered me in the end...?

Lol, sorry for the emo rant, I support this stamp. ^-^
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Thank you. Enjoy what time you have with him, even if he doesn't remember who you are.
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Wings-of-Xin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
...He already passed, but thank you for yourkind words. I wish I could have...You know, spend every moment with him...But...He lived in a different state. ^-^...
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
My condolences. My father just past also. The last 2-3 weeks were not good. He was incoherent most of the time. I only wish he would have been more at ease with his dementia. It was easier to witness him being confused when he was also not agitated because he knew he was confused.
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Wings-of-Xin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
I'm sorry as well, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
That must've been difficult to deal with. You're an amazing and strong person for being able to persevere andlive through that... I'm not sure how I would handle something like that...
Because I only got to see him every once in a while, the worst I had was "And who are you?" or just an empty stare...

Once again, I'm truly sorry. You have my sympathy.
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Deviant-Awareness Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Hey dear

I added this here
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This account is just being built up and I supposed to be a collection of everything on dA related to causes, including stamps, newsarticle, projects etc.
If you are interested in getting informed about this, you can feel free to watch the account ;).

I added this to the stamp collection, if you have any more stamps that could be added there, please note me. Or know of any other stamps.

If you don't want your stamp to be added there also let me know
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Awesome! Sure you can use it. I also have a few others you might want to add. Please feel free to use any of them.
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Or have a look around the stamp folder in my gallery.

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Dwayne (5thRaven)
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Deviant-Awareness Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Thanks so much, I used 3 of them

(not the third one, it is cute, but it is not really a cause, just an expression of liking =) )

thanks :hug:
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
I lost my father to dementia ... and then finally bronchopneumonia ... I went into dementia research because of that ... It's a sorry tale to tell ... we're really nowhere near understanding it yet ... but because it affects the elderly and has the stigma of being a mental disease, it is somewhat overlooked in the fundraising arena. :-(
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Scorp316 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008   Filmographer
I am sorry about your father. My grandmother is on her way out. She is in the final stage of Alzheimers *wipes a tear*. I miss her, because she does not talk anymore, and can't do anything. Good luck with your father, and if you need any help finding something for alzheimers, I'd be more than happy to assist in any way that I can.
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
I understand what you mean. They're taken away a piece at a time. It's hard to watch sometimes. Confused and content would be better than confused and angry, because you're confused.
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Scorp316 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008   Filmographer
My grandmother cannot speak. She cannot smile anymore, and she came out of the hospital recently after getting her feeding tube replaced. Why did it need to be replaced? The nurses at the nursing home she is in do not wash it out when they are supposed to. So, it gets clogged. I lost my grandmother a long time ago. Damn alzheimers. Here's to finding a cure! *holds up glass*
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
I'll raise a glass to that.

When I was 5 my fathers mother had a stroke and our family moved into help take care of her. She was paralyzed from the stroke on her left side. It wasn't until I was 10 that Alzheimers set in. Over the next 3 years I watched her progress into a confused and angry woman. When she passed, I didn't cry. 13 years ago, my father had a stroke and I moved back in to help my mother take care of my him.

My heart goes out to anyone who has family members in managed care. It is very hard to find a place that isn't understaffed and/or underfunded.
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andshedreamed Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Student Photographer
Alzheimers got to both my grandparents..it's pretty scary to see somebody have it.

I love it that there are more people making awareness stamps! It's about time we needed them! :heart:

:)

Awesome stamp.
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Thanks for the :+fav: !

It's a disease that even wears down those caring for afflicted.
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andshedreamed Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Student Photographer
Yes , so very true. :(
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cathywren218 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
I'm only 16 and already Alzheimers scares me 8C

If it helps any,I heard somthing about a B vitamin (vitamin B12? B13?) helping in the case of Alzheimers disease.I also heard somthing about playing video games can help prevent it because it helps strengthen your hand/eye cordination skills and for some reason that helps.

Sorry if this is a load of dribble but that's what I heard and it couldn't hurt to try maybe?idk.I'm sorry
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Thanks for your thoughts.

I don't let it scare me, as much as inform my decisions. At this point I am dealing with my father. At some point, I may have to deal with my own. If so, then that's what I'll do. Worrying about it now, won't make it go away. By not worrying about it, I can enjoy what is going on now.

If my father's dementia is any indication, I'll want plenty of happy memories to fall back on. He's always thinking it's many years ago, and he's got to go to work, or meet friends. I only wish he wasn't back in World War II so often.
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cathywren218 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
Of course.

You're right,worrying never made anything go away and it never made it better.Quite the contrary,worring makes things worse.That's very brave of you,and rather inspirational.Thank you.I should try that for myself.Looking on the bright side and enjoying what life throws at me.

I'm very sorry to here about your father,but you take it in stride.That takes quite a will to live to have that kind of mindset.I hope you and family live full and happy lives.:thanks:
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DwayneF Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Of course, that doesn't mean stop taking meds, or testing, or check-ups with the doctor. I'm diabetic, and they're just things I have to do.

Just deal with the things as they come along...not before they come along. I find that when I stopped thinking "what bad thing will happen next," that I noticed...most of the bad things never happened. :D
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cathywren218 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Yeah,taking meds and whatnot might not always be fun but they let us keep rockin' the boat of life XD

I never really thought of that before.I'm a VERY paranoid person when it comes to my health,but I think the only thing wrong with me is said paranoia :lol:
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