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Mountain Climber Attempts 7 Summits for Alzheimer’s Research

Advice from an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Here are Mr. Arnette’s top tips for caregivers coping with the stress of Alzheimer’s:

  • The most important thing is to take care of yourself because you can’t take care of anyone else if you’re not okay yourself
  • Know your limitations. It’s important to know what you can’t do even if you’d like to do it.
  • Remember that Alzheimer’s is a slow disease so you need to find a coping mechanism because it’s a long journey. There are a ton of resources for family caregivers Ė reach out to them. Reach out to friends and family for support.
  • Be an active part of the decision-making process.

Follow His Climbs

Listen to audio from Mr. Arnette’s climbs, view photos and videos of the climbs at To see what other caregivers are saying about his efforts, follow him on Facebook. Here are some of the comments on Facebook from caregivers who are following his journey:

“Thanks for climbing for my dad and all families affected by Alzheimer’s”

- Becky from Montana

“You are beyond amazing – awareness is key, and people do what they can to bring awareness to others…..but what you are doing? Wow!! I am honored to “like” this.”

- Kathy, Michigan

How You Can Help

To help Mr. Arnette’s cause, visit his website, and donate.

Read more:
A Caregiverís Story: Getting Into a Dementia Patientís Head
Dreams and Past Events: What is Reality for People With Dementia?
Things People With Dementia Say: Common Phrases and How to Reply

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3:04AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

if everybody care to champion the causes close to their heart, we have a better chance of surviving as a Human race.

8:46AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

my dad died from muti organ failure due to alhz.. this man is awesome

5:44AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

What a fabulous man!

3:12PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

We have three things to give in this life: time money and influence. This is collecting all three. Bravo!

5:42AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Great article, thank s so much...

10:15AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

His funding is coming from big corporations, and much of money raised will fund research on more drugs. OK, but when will we get more research on the causes and prevention of Alzheimers? Should research really be done by those who have a financial interest in having an endless stream of patients they can sell their products to?

9:54AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011


8:13AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

the studies show that fruit will slow down the disease . I wondered why a lady at the bank said her friend was good at Christmas and 6 months later did not know her.. and my Mom who is 94 has had it for over two years and is doing much better. I thought to myself what is going on,, it should be racing though my Mom in her advanced age as the other lady was only 60.. so I checked.. Fruit slows it down.. and I have been putting two pieces of fruit by my Moms bed every night for 2 year.. one is always a banana. I also every week make two dozen of my own fruit and berry muffins and she has one of those almost every day. So in my mind this is the thing that works. It does not stop it but it sure makes it slower.
That is what the studies say and I have to say it the only thing I can think of that makes such a difference.
She has a mood enhancer but that lost its steam a long time ago.

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