There are 5.4 million people who have Alzheimer's. It cost 183 billion dollars in annual costs. Alz's is the 6th leading cause of death.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
1 John 4: 9-10

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Goodwill Store

Money is short and times are hard so it is off to the Good Will store. I have found a great store to buy moms cloths.The Salvation Army is fun too. Since she has to be changed so much I went from pants to skirts. They are so much easier to get off and on or pull up and down. Which ever the need. I have found that getting very large skirts is even better. And you can find them for around $3 to $5 .I even found me some shorts and nice blouses. Oh! they had the cutest dress which I got for $4 and I wore it to a wedding. Don't tell.
You can get cloths with velco on them from the Alz. store online but I cannot afford them. Someday I might try to make my own. But for now to lazy.
If you look around I bet there are wonderful Thrift Shops in your area. It saves so much money.
Sometimes the Goodwill Store has buy one get one sales. I found my son some long sleeve dress shirts on the buy one get one sale and he wears them to college. Don't never be to proud to shop at the Good Will store .


  1. Congratulations, I just wanted to let you know that you are the winner of my 100th Post giveaway. If you will check out my blog you will see my email address, please send me your address and I will get your gift off in the mail this coming week. Thanks so much for entering and congratulations. I sincerely hope you enjoy your gift. Hugs, Marty

  2. Thank you so much Marty. I can't beleive it. Thanks!!!!

  3. I'm intrigued by your Blog my friend. My father has Alzheimer's. It's devastating at best. I'll be back to read more later today.

    More and more so many of us are in the same boat. It all makes my heart heavy and so very sad.

    Blessings to you~Rebecca

  4. Good morning Karen, thanks for stopping by today, and your sweet comments.

    With Alzheimer's we have to choose easy ways of dressing our loved one. For David, I'm buying slip over shirts (T shirts), and shoes that slip on.... sure makes life easier, and that's what we need.

    Thanks for the tip on buying clothes at the Goodwill or thrift shop.


    For David, I'm buying slip over shirts (T shirts), and shoes that slip on.... sure makes life easier, and that's what we need.

  5. Thanks Dolores. Slip on shoes it a great idea.

  6. Hi Karen,

    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. I just found yours and intend to read through your archives and will start following. I admire you so much for caring for your mom. This is a huge endeavor, as you obviously know. I've read enough to glean that money is very tight, which compounds so many of the issues.

    Both my parents had died by the the time I was 23 (Dad when I was 11, mom at 23), so I haven't experienced caring for an aging parent, much less one with Alzheimer's. I did, however, leave my job as a pediatric nurse on a cancer unit to care for my mom when she was dying of cancer. I stayed with her about 3 months and it was heartbreaking, grueling, but endlessly rewarding. It is one of the things in my life for which I feel the best and most grateful. I wish you all the best, and also can tell you have a strong faith. THAT is where the true sustenance for your journey comes.

    I'll be staying tuned to see how things go. Feel free to drop by my blog again if you have the chance.

    My best - Leslie

  7. I spent all day shopping in these types of stores. I cant resist a great sale!

  8. Conratulations Karen on your win over at Marty's - A Stroll Thru Life!

  9. You can get great deals at Good Will, Salvation Army and thrift shops. Plus you might find some stuff department stores no longer carry that you'd really like to have. An old friend was a very large framed man. He wore size 13 shoes and had a thing about the old Keds high top tennis shoes that he wore when he was young, his favorite were red. His wife found two pair, brand new at a Salvation Army store for $3.00 a pair.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

  10. Thanks Bearly Sane. and David that is great to find two pairs of shoes you like and that fit for such a good price. Your friend had a good shopping day.
    Victoria ,I can spend all day too.

  11. Thrift stores! The best! I bet they get lots more business these days. Good for fast growing kids and aging folk, the circle of life at the Goodwill!

  12. Karen, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog this afternoon. When I saw the name of your blog, I knew I needed to stop by & give you a word of support. My mother-in-law had alzheimers & my father-in-law tried to care for her by himself for too many years. It was hel- for him, but he thought by not doing it all by himself that he was not a good husband. She was a horrible person & I would like to think that much of her behavior was not her fault. She caused great pain to many of us. I hope you have a good support team & will be praying for you to have the strength that you need to continue your mother's care.
    Beckie in TN

  13. Congratulations on your win of the lovely tray and toile placemats! I think you deserve them. I know it very hard on the person who is the caregiver, not that you would have it any other way! My husband take great care of me. Now you can use this tray and when you do I would love to see you having a nice cup of tea, coffee and enjoying the moment! Blessing!

  14. We have several Hospice Thrift stores in our area. They have some really great things and prices. Even a rack with $1.00 clothes. The color changes every week, so it isn't the same clothes. Have you thought about just changing a button closure to velcro??


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