Jessi J. Steele

Welcome to my website. I hope you find the information found here helpful and entertaining, all rolled into one. It is my hope that people dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia will find the brighter side of dealing with this disease, if just for a moment, I hope it brings joy to your soul.

The numbers and statistics surrounding dementia are staggering. Worldwide, there are now an estimated 24 million people living with some form of dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough in the fight against dementia, this number could jump to as many as 84 million who have age-related memory loss by the year 2040.
[Dementia is a subject that most people try to avoid. Just the thought of memory loss – in a loved one, friend, co-worker or, worse yet, ourselves — makes us terribly uncomfortable. Unless we are confronted directly with dementia, we prefer to think of it as “someone else’s problem.”

But dementia – one of the world’s fastest growing diseases — won’t go away and it is fast becoming “everyone’s problem.” A look at the facts and statistics surrounding dementia clearly show that it is a massive issue, possibly a medical catastrophe in the making, with no easy solution.
Indeed, the numbers and statistics surrounding dementia are staggering. Worldwide, there are now an estimated 24 million people living with some form of dementia. Without a major medical breakthrough in the fight against dementia, this number could jump to as many as 84 million who have age-related memory loss by the year 2040.
Although there are a number of forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s is the most common, and most well-known, of the age-related memory loss diseases. Currently, more than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. About 13% of Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s and half of those over age 85 will develop Alzheimer’s — or a closely related dementia.
Health analysts estimate that in just five years the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s will jump to 7.7 million and by 2050 the number is projected to more than double to 16 million. So why is this disease growing so rapidly?
Simply put, our population is “graying” and our citizens are living much longer than any previous generation. In fact, the fastest growing segment of our population is the over 80 age group, and the odds of becoming demented for the very elderly are much higher.
Another aspect to our changing population is how quickly this change has taken place. A person born in 1900 could reasonably hope to reach about the age of 50 – the average life expectancy was just 47 years. However, over the course of the last century a number of factors, such as medical advances, widespread access to health care, improved sanitation and better nutrition have had a tremendous impact on how long we live. Consequently, the average life expectancy for both men and women in the U.S. today is 77 years of age. That’s an incredible increase of 30 years in just one century.
And, with the Baby Boomer generation on the verge of retirement, we are now looking at a shift to an even older society. There are about 77 million in the baby boomer generation. By the year 2030, these men and women will make up approximately 20% of the total U.S. population. As a result, health experts currently estimate that at least 10 million Baby Boomers will develop Alzheimer’s.
The news for older Baby Boomer females is even bleaker as about one-in-six females over the age of 55 could develop Alzheimer’s. Why do more women than men get Alzheimer’s? It’s not anything genetic. It is simply that women traditionally live longer (by about five years in the U.S), so it becomes basically a numbers game.
The statistics surrounding dementia are sobering. If you do not currently know someone with memory loss — a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker — then you most certainly will know someone in the near future.
There are two risk factors for dementia, genetics and aging, and neither of these factors can be controlled. While time and money is being funneled into Alzheimer’s and dementia research, there is no “magic bullet” solution. Currently, there are several “disease-modifying therapies” in development that may offer temporary slowing of disease progression or even restore cognitive function. However, it may take years before these therapies are available to the general public.
The best approach is to adopt a proactive brain health lifestyle today. And, if a loved one or you is experiencing any signs of cognitive loss then you should visit your healthcare professional immediately.
***Health and dementia statistics are from the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Center for Health Statistics and the Center for Disease Control.

My Best to you,
Jessi

58 thoughts on “Jessi J. Steele

  1. Hi Jessi, thanks for the Follow. I’ve read some of your posts; you’re very compassionate. It’s tough to live with Alzheimer’s in the family and deal with elderly loved ones. What you say about the impact of our words, tone of voice, body language is so important to take to heart. Love and courtesy and respect for one another can change the world for the better. God bless you!

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  2. Thanks Jessi for connecting with my blog. My mother has dementia, so I really look forward to learning more about how to best communicate with her. Now I just talk to her like I always have, even if I have to repeat things several times. She is in a great assisted living facility now and it has truly been a Godsend…. πŸ™‚

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    • Candy, thank you for reading my blog. I hope you will find it useful as you take this journey with your mother. I wish you and your mother the best, and always remember, live in the moment. Regardless of “where” that moment is for your mother, tune in, follow along and remember how precious that moment is! God bless you….Jessi

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  3. Thanks for following my blog. πŸ™‚

    My grandma had Alzheimer’s. What a cruel disease, eh? May the Lord grant wings to your words as you offer encouragement and peace to others for their journey through this valley with their loved ones.

    In Christ,
    Tami
    \o/
    Praising Jesus who gives us the hope of a healed eternity!

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    • Thank you Tami ! Dementia is indeed one of the most cruel diseases, But you know, this life is temporary, and this world is not our final destination….our mourning will be turned into joy one day!
      May God bless you,,and keep you in the palm of His hand!
      Jessi

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  4. Oh I was thrilled to discover you are now following my blog! Thank you. I’ve just read a little of yours and I truly enjoy your style and the truths you bring out in them. I think we are going to be a mutual admiration society, πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the post on dementia, my own mother is challenged by that now and it breaks a heart to know how vibrant and alive she once was. I am so grateful to be a believer and know she is too and will be restored eventually. I look forward to reading many more of your posts my new friend and hope you enjoy commenting as much as I do, blessings

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    • Restoration is an awesome word. The day to day battles and challenges we all face will one day be gone, and our our mourning will be turned in joy! I know the day to day struggles are difficult to manage. Watching anyone decline is hard on the heart, but we know that this life is temporary, and one day, we all will have full restoration!!!! God bless you and keep you! Jessi

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  5. Thank you for following my blog, Ms Steel. I hope that the things I post both educate and edify you in your walk with Christ.

    I wanted to share with you that my mother’s father recently passed after 20 years of Alzheimer’s. The last time I saw him, I was not saved, and I selfishly decided I would not go back because he kept repeating the same story over and over. I regret never going back to spend time with him, especially after I was saved. Your words reminded me that I need to more than just share my words with others. I need to share my life with others. This life is not about me, it’s about Jesus, and He is about others.

    God bless you, sister. Keep informing and educating through this blog.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Marcus

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  6. Hi Jessie,I am well aware of the heartaches Alzheimer’s and Dementia can cause,it is a terrible disease for sure. I did enjoy the read! Thanks for all of the info and for your visit.

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  7. Thank you for stopping by my blog & following me. I was curious & came to your site, not knowing anything about who you are or what your blog is about. I read your latest post & loved it. And now I see you write in part about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. My Dad was very recently diagnosed with early stages and I am clueless, no more. We get what we need. ~ Thank you πŸ™‚

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  8. What a great blog! My mom (who passed away in 2003 at the age of 80) had Alzheimer’s, and it is indeed very hard to deal with. I’m sure your blog will help a lot of people. Thanks for following my blog. Tricia

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  10. Thank you for following WordBowlbyMsCharlieS.com and introducing me to your powerful writing. As someone who spent most of my childhood years in Mississippi (with a beloved Nana with Alzheimer’s), your message resonates deeply. I look forward to reading more.

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  11. Thanks for the follow. My Aunt was recently (within a year or two) diagnosed with dementia. I don’t live very close to her but I can see the pain in my dad’s eyes when he updates me on what’s happening with here. I’ll have to direct him to this site. Thanks.

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  12. Hi Jessi, I think it’s awesome that you are approaching an illness as devastating as dimentia with at least a little humor… I can’t wait to look around and learn (and perhaps laugh) an little. Thanks for checking out my blog and for the follow! xLaura

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  13. Dear Jessi
    I would like to say thank you for following my blog. It is such a honor and I really appreciate it.. You have great blog and will spend my time to dive more. Thank you and Blessings.

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  14. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and following πŸ™‚ I’ll be interested to read your views, my mum had Alzheimer’s for a while before she passed on, it’s a dreadful disease

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  15. Hi Jessi, nice to meet you. What important work you do. Your passion shines through.
    Thank you for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And do please feel free to join the conversation.
    Blessings, Alison

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  16. Hi Jessi,
    Thank you for the follow on my blog.
    It’s wonderful to meet you. My mom has Alzheimer’s disease and though she doesn’t live with me, I spend as much time with her as I can, trying to hold her in the present moment as possible and enjoying the relationship we’ve been able to build.
    I’m also writing what I hope will be the final revision of my book, Where Did Mama Go?, in hopes of finding it a publisher. It’s a story about 24 hours in a residence for people who suffer from this devastating illness. The book is not about mom’s life or mine, however, and I’ve worked hard to show some of the antics that sufferers can exhibit while also showing how much they are still people. I know I’ll enjoy your blog.

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  17. A quick thanks for following my blog! I have never experienced having a loved one suffer with dementia, but I would venture to say that it takes a very special person to to do the work that you do. Blessings to you in your work and writings πŸ™‚

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  18. Hello Jessi!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

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  19. Thank you for stopping by “Not Pretending” and choosing to follow! Dementia IS a very tough topic, but I think it should be talked about. My family is familiar with dementia, we cared for my husband’s mother, as did his sister’s family and brother’s family. I’m glad you are blogging about this and educating people – we never saw mom deteriorating, until it got so bad, that it was obvious. If only we recognized the signs in time to get her some help!
    J

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  20. Hello – I am very thankful for you, your courage, your compassionate heart and your voice. I am also grateful that you have chosen to follow my blog. My grandmother and uncle both endured Alzheimer’s so I am familiar with the way its cruelty impacts the patient and the family. If there is anything I post that you think might help to strengthen or encourage these families, please share it with them. That is my heart and passion to share unconditional hope regardless of circumstance. May the blessings you have poured into so many lives be returned to you and your family 100 fold.

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  21. I was referred to your blog by one of your readers. My mother suffers from what seems to be dementia. For the past three years, she’s had episodes of confusion. I wrote about her symptoms here: http://wp.me/p430UE-6P. We can’t seem to get a proper diagnosis, so we can’t seem to find a place that will treat her. She’s been in a facility that specializes in dementia and a facility that specializes in mood disorders but only stayed on a temporary basis.

    My mother is slipping through the cracks of the health care system. I commend you for playing a role in the care of the elderly. It is not easy, and more often than not is heart breaking. I hope, for my mother’s sake, she finds someone with our compassion and passion for answers to help her.

    My biggest fear is the genetic factor. How selfish is that?

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  22. Sorry to know you are dealing with dementia in a family member. I count myself very lucky that this nor struck my family.

    I appreciate your follow, but I warn you, based on reading your recent rant, we disagree on about everything, but I will continue to check in.

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