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January 2019

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Alzheimer’s Disease- Laughter and Sadness

Last week I helped watched over my great-aunt or Tia as we call her, who normally is watched over by my aunt. My great aunt is in her 80’s and has Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has had a loved one with this disease can tell you it is not only tough on the person who has it but on their family members as well. As the person loses the ability to remember if they completed basic tasks like washing their hands, their care taker takes on the responsibility of being that persons eyes and ears. It is like caring for a child, completely vulnerable to the world and its dangers.

When I was a little girl it was my grandfather who had Alzheimer’s. Although I don’t remember, my family tells me that I was the only person he remembered. Even though he would question who everyone one else was, even his children. Back then there was not as many medical advances in the fight against this memory robbing disease. Fortunately now there are some medicines that fight to slow its progression, which she is on but there is no cure.

It is said that as the disease progresses patients revert to their much younger selves. This is the case with my great-aunt, who many times thinks she is younger than she is. Telling her she is in her 80’s is a complete shock to her and she is a bit offended. She also sometimes thinks her mother is still alive and that she still lives in Puerto Rico among other things. Her reactions are funny in the moment, because of her spunky attitude, but it is sad all the same. It is also common for a person with Alzheimer’s to become aggressive or angry, although my Tia can be stubborn thankfully the illness has not made her neither.

 

What she hasn’t lost is the ability to do is recognize a hot guy when she sees one, dance and move to the beat, say whatever is on her mind and appreciate beauty and fashion.  Her loving memories of her dad and some memories of her childhood are also things she remembers. She also remembers her faith in God and she NEVER forgets about dessert!

As you watch your loved one lose their memory and with it sometimes pieces of themselves there is no doubt that you will feel sadness. As much as you love them, and want to help them there is only so much you can do. A fact that was clearly reminded to me when my Tia, misplaced her false teeth. Although we were laughing, because she sneaked them out her mouth and lost them, we were loosing our minds looking for them. No matter how many times we asked her where she put them she had no idea, and would lose recognition of what it was we were looking for. We never found them and I’m not sure we ever will. Another moment of laughter and sadness.

Although I’m not a very emotional person, a wave of sadness that I had not felt before came over me at the end of our search for her teeth. Not because I couldn’t find them, but because I could not help her. Sadness that she’s lost pieces of herself although not all, to a thief that might never be stopped.

This post was a bit of an emotional one, but I felt I had to write it all the same. As writing is my outlet. Do you have or had a loved one with the memory robbing disease? What are your stories of laughter and sadness? Let me know in the comments and on social media.-T.S.

 

Lifestyle Spanish /Espanol

Vente Cosas Sobre Mi

20 cosas sobre mi

Para seguir presentandome en el mundo de blogging en espanol y para aquellos que leen espanol, me gustaria contarte vente cosas sobre mi. Cuando termines de leer la entrada, me dices algunas cosas sobre ti en los comentarios o en mi redes sociales!

1. Soy Boricua… Pa que tu lo sepas. El ano pasado fui voluntario en el desfile Puertorriqueno en NYC.
2. Me encanta ir en avion, incluso he tomado un clase de vuelo. Una meta o objetivo mio es tener mi licencia de pilotos un dia.
3. E trabajado en el mundo de la moda desde que tenia 18 anos. Pero no se adonde voy en este momento de mi carrera.
4. No he visitado Puerto Rico desede que era una adolescente. Me muero por ir!
5. Escucho musica casi todos los dias. Principalmente en espanol.
6. Me gradue con un Bachillerato en Negocio’s de Moda y Negocio’s Internacionales.
7. Mi epoca o estacion favorita del ano es verano.
8. Tengo pies pequenitas, soy un cinco de mujeres y un tres en ninos.
9. Mi perro favorito es el German Shepard (Pastor Aleman).
10. Amooooo chocolate!

20 cosas sobre me


11. Tengo que estar atento a lo que como, y tomo agua todos los dias porque tengo IBS.
12. Soy un poco timida, hasta que me conozcas. Observo todo primero.
13. Hablo Italiano y Frances, vivi en Italia durante high school(la secundaria).
14. No me gusta cocinar, pero si hornear.
15. Me gusta las peliculas de accion y drama. No soy muy romantica, asi que no me gusta mucho las peliculas romanticos.
16. Amo los libros de papel y escriver con papel y pluma.
17. Para divertirme me encanta ir a musueos. Soy muy low key! No soy muy de ir al club.
18. Soy nocturna. Siempre tengo ideas y quiero trabajar.
19. Quiero hacer paracaidismo y slato de bungee, ya he hecho ziplining.
20. Aunque parezco muy joven, estoy en mis vientes. Estoy siepmre me hace identificarme en caulquier lugar.

Ahora tu! Dejame comentarios aqui o en mi pagina de Instagram o Facebook. Comparte este entrada con los que lean espanol!-T.S.

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Must Have Coats

must have coats

It is COLD up here in the North East, so its safe to say we might still be using our thick coats well into February. Let’s all do a little prayer that we don’t have a snowstorm in February, I’ve totally been stuck indoors for my birthday because of it.  Although one opportunity granted to you because of the cold is the ability to take out great coats. I myself have a collection and love to switch them around. It’s also a great way to stay fashionable and show your style while staying bundled up. From patterns to colors and cuts the possibilities to standout with a great coat can be endless. Here is a great selection to add to your collection of coats. Don’t have one yet? Start one!

 

Shearlings and Furs- A great way to keep warm is to infuse a faux fur or faux shearling coat into your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to pick a bold color like the red Alice and Olivia piece.

Puffers- A popular coat no matter what the price range is, the puffer, will always be a go to. I own a dusty rose one in velveteen similar to the floral Collusion piece. All though puffers draw attention own their own because of its shape, a bold print will add extra flair to your outfit.

Swing Coats- This classicly cut coat will never go out of style. I practically love that it can be an everyday coat or taken out for special occasions. Because of the classic cut don’t be afraid of a bold print like the Asos animal print piece. It still has a sleek put together feel thanks to the cut.

Teddy Coats- I haven’t delved into teddy coats yet but it’s on my list of maybe’s. Feel free to combine trends as the French Connection piece does with its robe style cut.

Do you have any of these in your coat collection? While I have some of these in my collection I definitely see some that I would love to add to my closet.  Which ones are you adding?- T.S

 

Blogging Lifestyle Spanish /Espanol

2019 Mi primer blog en Espanol!

primer blog en espanol

 

Beinvienedos a mi blog, Concreteislandista! En 2018 quise empezar a escriber en enspanol, pero nunca lo ese. Lo estoy haciéndo oficialmente en el primer mes de 2019. Si ya lees mi blog en ingles, o me sigues en las redes sociales, gracias! Si eres nueva/o a mi blog, gracias por estar aqui igualmente!

 

Concreteislandista empezo en 2016 y lo dedico a moda, belleza, estilo de vida, viajar y por supuesto New York City. Lo llame Concreteislandista porque unos de las apodos de la isla de Manhattan, es la isla concreto (concrete en inglese). Creci en Nueva Jersey, pero seimpre vistando NYC en los fines de semana. Fui creciendo vistando Manhattan todo mi vida, y cuando me gradue de la Universidad empece mi carrera en Moda alli a la edad de veinte anos.

 

Recientemente estoy empezando una trayectoria en mi cararea hacia trabajo editoral y relaciones publicas. Gracias a mi blog descubri mi pasion por escribir y editar. Y gracias a eso, soy Editora de la revista Latinista.com y e escrito por Mitu. Quiero empezar mas en espanol, no solamente por mas lectores, pero porque depues de los huracanes en Puerto Rico, siento que quero conectar me mas con mi cultura. No e visitado Puerto Rico desde que era un preadolescente, pero esta en mi lista.

 

Estoy muy entusiasmada por conectar con nuevos lectores! No te oldivdes a suscribir a mi blog. Mis suscriptores tienen acceso a los “freebies”, “cosas gratis” que creo. Si quieres leer de un tema especifico, dejame saber en los comentarios. Conéctate conmigo en Instagram, YouTube, Twitter y Facebook. Hasta la proxima!- T.S.