More about Steve Barger PhD

We met in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2013. He is what I call a “neuroscientist.”

This morning Priya Mendiratta posted, on Facebook, a link to an article about Dr. Barger. Here is a tidbit from it . . .

Nov. 20, 2020 | Steven Barger, PhD, a neuroscience and neurological disease researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care.

Here is a link to the article.

Steven Barger, Ph.D., Invested in Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care

Dr. Barger has played an extremely important role in my advocacy concerning Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

It’s time to adapt and keep moving forward

Notice the trekking poles for precarious terrain

If anything happens to my body at my age, of significance, the recuperating time could be lengthy. Those are risky situations, sitting or laying for long periods. Even the mental anguish could have serious effects on the rest of my life.

The trekking poles are an example of adapting. My stability is not what it once was. The poles reduce the chance of a fall.

There are no plans in my life to discontinue foot travel wherever I want to go. But, my steps will be more deliberate and, of course, slower.

“One step at a time” has become a way of life for me. This is a new chapter. I will not allow it to define me as the man that used to walk a lot. Maybe I will even walk more.

Who knows? Maybe someday I will walk across America.

Faith, Fitness, Family, Friends and Philanthropy

I managed to put most of what I do under one of those five headings.

I want structure, consistency and no hype.

I want to help others by sharing what I do and let them chew it up and spit out the bones. Maybe, and most likely, they will help me too.

Health/Fitness are extremely important for me to be able to continue on, take care of myself and stay as strong, both physically and mentally, as possible.

I turned 70 years old on October 8th, 2020. I have plans for my 100th birthday.

A new project begins tomorrow

A few weeks ago, some advice came my way. I followed it and it has changed my life to the good. It’s personal.

Today, some more advice came and I am going to do what was advised.

Tomorrow morning will be the beginning of a new project for me. Why? What? Where? How? For how long? None of those questions have answers, at this moment.

I’m supposed to be doing this.

When this picture was taken, I knew why, what, where, how and how long. I don’t know the answer to any of those questions now.

Thinking back to good times at MGA

This is one of the entrances at the Macon campus.

Woke up during the night thinking about some of the regulars that drive to Middle Georgia State University 4 to 5 times a week. The ones on my mind go there to get some exercise. Most of them walk, but a few jog. I was fortunate to be one, a regular, for about 2 years, when Macon was near my home. There’s intrinsic value in building relationships within a community of like minded people. Red Top Mountain State Park is becoming that place for me now.

Back at Red Top Mountain State Park after a long hiatus

It’s been at least 6 years since my feet have been on any of the 15 miles of trails here. It was good to be here again and get my shoes in the dirt.

Health/fitness are important to me and this park is a great place to spend time.

Red Top is about 40 miles north of Atlanta just off of Interstate 75. Look for the signs and prepare to have a nice visit.

Here are 3 photos from todays walk.

To chilly to use that rope today
This is part of the White Tail Trail
The next time I will wear my trail shoes.

Time to slow down?

I gave the best I have this week. Well meaning friends advised me to slow down, give up some stuff. Some of it sounded right. But I prayed about it, waited and pondered. The answer came back, the same as all the other times. “Keep Moving” and “Keep Doing hard stuff”

This picture was taken today at Amicalola Falls State Park in North Georgia

Approximate steps in the last 7 years

2013 ~ 10,080,000

2014 ~ 13,970,000

2015 ~ 9,250,000

2016 ~ 3,370,000

2017 ~ 1,775,000

2018 ~ 5,280,000

2019 ~ 5,087,500

3,650,000 per year was what I was shooting for.

2013, 2014 and 2015 were special event years for the Alzheimer’s Association.

2016 and 2017 were year one and two of my caregiving days for my mom.

2018 and 2019 were also caregiving years, but it’s obvious that I was dealing with all of the stuff better than the first two years.

The park in Fort Pierce

When my brother and I were little guys, occasionally mom would drop us off at a nearby park and come back and pick us up at a pre-determined time.

My older brother would take off as soon as mom pulled away and begin enjoying what was there.

Sometimes I would focus more on the fact that we would only have a certain amount of time to play.

Two little guys looking at life so different at such a young age.

Every generation blames . . .

Mike and the Mechanics performed a song by the name of “The Living Years”

A few of the lyrics: 

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

There is a lot of truth in that for a lot of people. It was part of my learning process to realize that I put blame on those before me. But, there came a time that it registered in my mind that I have control over any roadblocks that are on my path. I control how I respond to stuff! I forgave those that I perceived put the roadblocks there and began using my mind to adapt and move forward.

“The Living Years”    A beautiful sound and an awesome lesson for me.

The example I showed by my actions was as follows.

Let what I perceive that damaged me, define me.

No More!

My advice to me: Get up, get dressed up, get in the game and stop placing blame. Adapt to the changing winds in our lives.