Caregiving shortens lives . . .

A new study by Ohio State University in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging has shown that adult children caring for their parents, as well as parents caring for chronically ill children, may have their life span shortened by four to eight years. (from 2014)

The paragraph above came from the article the link below will take you to . . .

https://www.lbda.org/go/long-term-caregiving-may-shorten-life-eight-years

The study focused on telomeres and the affects stress has on them.

Part of my daily focus is to keep my stress level down as much as possible.

Setting goals for 2020 is on my mind tonight . . .

Over time, setting goals has become somewhat important to me. 2019 has 17 days left, so maybe this 24/7 caregiver will ponder on that. The word caregiver is mentioned here because that role, the demands as one, can be ever changing, and could affect any goals set by me. However, failure, to me, is always acceptable, as long as the best me showed up during the process of reaching for a goal. In fact doing my best, using all of my talents, is extremely important to me, as are the priorities I set.

One particular, possible goal may be the number of steps on foot to shoot for in 2020.

Some of my considerations for setting a goal would be . . .

  • Is it worthwhile?
  • Does it conflict with other goals?
  • Is it measurable?
  • Is it possible?
  • What, if any, would be some of the reasons to abandon the goal?

The visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2013

My first thought this morning was about that visit.

The predominant memories are of the faces of the children and the parents. It was a sobering time.

My interest in St. Judes started years ago. Mom’s sister, and her husband, lost two children to leukemia. Donnie was 19 and June was 7.

HIV drug going to clinical for Alzheimer’s

We know that the Alzheimer’s brain is an inflamed brain, and we’re hopeful that by down-regulating that inflammation we can modify the course of the disease.

The paragraph above came from the article the link below will take you to.

https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20191209/brown-butler-hospital-and-miriam-hospital-to-collaborate-on-new-alzheimers-research?template=ampart&__twitter_impression=true

Snail’s pace may be the best . . .

It’s okay if you make changes at a snail’s pace! The key is you’re doing something to improve your health! Too much change too quickly and your body rebels. Change one thing and let your body get used to it before adding the next.

This came across my Twitter feed this morning from Kristie Leong M.D.

I gotta eat healthy stuff and keep moving . . . #endalz

On my Twitter feed this morning . . .

The U.S. is a nation burdened w/preventable, lifestyle, not bad genetics, that’s shortening our lifespans, but our dietary chouces & lack of physical activity.

Thank you for the great post Dr. Kristie Leong.

Be a Strong Tree . . .

On my Twitter feed this morning . . .

“Sometimes it’s not the strongest tree that survives the storm, but the most adaptable” Anne Scottlin

Turning Steps into better health . . . #endalz

One of my objectives for 2019 was to average 10,000 steps a day. A review of my progress is as follows:

  • 3,650,000 needed for the year
  • 4,124,840 year to date done

There have been a few days the 10,000 were not accomplished. Next years goal may include a limit on missed days.

Roberta Georgia

Crawford County Georgia on U.S. Highway 80

Glenrio New Mexico on Route 66

One of the motives for this type of goal is to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Why steps instead of miles?

I am a 69 year old senior. Aerobic exercise is important for me, as is the amount of steps taken overall in any 24 hour period. The miles only seem to matter to me occasionally. The time spent in the aerobic mode is also of great significance to me.

The healthiest model for me is to get the aerobics finished in one outing and the rest of the overall steps spread throughout the day.

My daily “at least” is 12,000 steps per day and 45 minutes of aerobics.

That’s roughly 6000 steps in the aerobic zone and 6000 more, just walking around.

Most of the time, reaching those numbers is not to problematic.

I’m coming back to life . . .

I have times when I seem to slowly go downhill mentally. Sometimes it takes awhile for me to realize it, but when I do, I get back up and go some more. The video below is performed by Pink Floyd. It’s called “Coming back to Life” I like it. Make sure you watch it. It switches between Pink Floyd on stage and a triathlon. Also look at the quote below the YouTube video. A great friend sent it to me. She Works hard and long to get stuff done.

“It’s ok if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire” Colette Werden