Monthly Archives: June 2015

Donna died yesterday. ….

About 40 years old. A distant relative. She had cancer. She stayed with my mom on the week she would have treatment. Her mom found her dead yesterday, in her bed. Mom said Donna fought hard and tried to live.

2 hours to live…..

After I had been in the emergency room for a bit, the doctor told me my organs were trying to shut down. He said they were doing the best they could. They said I had lost an amazing amount of blood. I was trying so hard to keep awake. One nurse in the emergency room had tears running down her face. Scary time. That was 14 years ago. I know how fragile life is and I appreciate every second.

More about Glenn Campbell

This show was a tremendous vehicle for raising awareness.

Wow, what monies may be needed to fight alzheimers disease may be the same as the budget of the Defense Department.

Something I know, America and also folks all over the world will respond, like always, and we will beat this disease. That’s what we do.

The best we have are on this. I think it takes all kinds of folks to solve problems.

Hope is on the Horizon!

6.29.2015 blog post

I watched the Glenn Campbell story on CNN last night. I kept seeing the faces of patients I have met, but mostly the faces of caregivers. My opinion is that the show will help raise awareness.

2 topics they touched on was the anger the patient can express and not making it to the bathroom. In private conversations with caregivers I have heard of both of these situations many times.

My training for the Leadville Trail 100 is going well. I enjoy having something to reach for.

Amicalola Falls has become very busy for me. Lots of folks coming to talk. People seem to appreciate long term commitment.

It’s amazing to me to reflect and realize that no matter what I have ever said, I really have been raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association for over 3 years.

Leadville update…..

Still shooting to run in the Leadville Trail 100 in 2017.

I’ve been advised that I need to do any power walking I do at a 15 minute pace.

Also been advised, even this far out, that I need to do a large majority of my runs on trails. I need elevation change. I need to avoid burnout.

6.28.2015 pictures

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Amicalola Falls

Dan Goerke. .. my friend

What an honor to finally meet him. His wonderful wife Denise has early onset alzheimers disease. He came to Amicalola Falls to say hello. We spoke a good while. I introduced him to several of my friends at the park. Dan is an ambassador with the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Amicalola Falls

6.27.2015 pictures

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Mark Lein told this young man he has a knack for running.

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Encouraging couple. They came up the stairs strong.

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United States Army. Team red, white and blue. From Fort Benning.

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Dementia connection here. First time I have been this near a tiny little guy in awhile.

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Mark Lein. Gonna help me in Leadville.

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Dan Goerke. My friend. His wife has early onset alzheimers. Wow, he loves his wife so much.

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United States Air Force. So respectful and STRONG. In jump school at Fort Benning.

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This is Kingsley Green. She is an awesome runner. Scholarship for cross country. I got emotional speaking to her. She has worked so hard.

Amicalola Falls

Caregiving information from the web.

Caregiving
For some, getting older means relying on family and other sources of caregiving.
Nursing home care costs $60,000: It costs more than $60,000 per patient for nursing home care for a year.
A quarter of households are involved in caregiving: One in four households will care for a loved one aged 50 and older.
Caregivers face health risks: Unpaid caregivers often have high stress, reduced immunity, and heart disease.
Most elderly live with relatives: 66% of people aged 65+ live with relatives.
Most elderly persons will need some type of long term care: The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging estimates that 70% of all people 65 and up will need long term care services in their lifetime.
Unpaid caregivers make up 90% of long term care: Most long term caregivers are unpaid, and 83% are family members, friends, and neighbors.
Mental Health
These facts take a look at Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental afflictions affecting older Americans.
Alzheimer’s affects millions: In the US alone, Alzheimer’s disease effects an estimated five & 1/2 million people.
20% of older Americans suffer from depression: Older adults experience depression at twice the rate of younger adults.
Treatment for depression in the elderly is low: Although nearly 20% of the older population experiences depression, only 3% get treatment.
Your brain never stops growing: We grow new neurons with time, and the brain is constantly reshaping itself in response to learning.
As you get older, you get happier. Many people report that they feel more content as they age.
Alzheimer’s is spreading rapidly: Every 67 seconds, a person in America develops Alzheimer’s.
Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s: More women will develop Alzheimer’s than men, and it’s believed this is because women tend to live longer.
Being cautiously optimistic is healthy: Being too cheerful or optimistic can lead to an inability to cope, and a risk factor for premature death.
Staying in school can save your brain: The longer you remain a student, the better you’ll be to fight of dementia.
Seniors need just as much sleep as others: Seniors have to sleep as much as younger adults, but it may be harder for seniors to get enough sleep.
Physical Health
Learn about the potential for physical health as you age from these facts.
Physical efficiency reaches its peak in the mid-20s: Efficiency increases from birth to the middle of your 20s.
Seniors can exercise: Despite the common misconception that aging means physical inactivity, seniors are capable of exercising, and it’s great for health and wellbeing.
Every breath ages you from the inside: Some oxygen molecules degrade into free radicals, which causes your body to rust from the inside.
18.2% of elderly have diabetes: In 2006, 18.2% of adults 65 and up reported a diabetes diagnosis.
Most 65+ adults got a flu shot: 75% of adults 65 and older got a flu shot in the past 12 months.
66% of individuals 75 or older are in good health: Only 34% report fair or poor health at 75 or older.
Negative thinking can cause problems: Elderly people who worry about falling over tend to fall over more often that those who don’t.
Elderly drivers often have fewer accidents: Despite popular belief, drivers over 65 have fewer accidents per person than those under 65.
Soda kills at any age: Phosphate, found in soda, caused mice to age faster.
Chronic inflammation accelerates aging: Those who experienced high levels of infection-related inflammation as children die earlier and age faster.
A negative childhood can shorten your life: Those who faced trauma as a child will typically age earlier than those who didn’t.
Living Longer
You can stretch your lifespan by taking these facts to heart.
Exercise is key to successful aging: Physical fitness is at the crux of successful aging.
Working past retirement can keep you alive: Many long lived professionals keep working after retirement age, even if it’s just part time.
Women live longer than men: Women can generally expect to live longer than men.
Conscientious people live longer: Being persistent, working hard, and a little obsessive is the secret to long life.
A happy marriage can save your life: People living in happy marriages tend to live longer, but getting rid of a troublesome spouse can also have a positive effect on your longevity.
HGH can be dangerous: HGH can give you a more youthful appearance, but when not used properly, can cause cancer cells to grow and spread faster.
You can’t get enough reservatrol from wine: Reservatrol, found in wine, can slow the aging process, but wine does not contain enough to make a difference.

The chapters I visited

with the Alzheimer’s Association

Savannah, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Tifton, Georgia
Columbus, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Dalton, Georgia
Decatur, Alabama
Memphis, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee ●
Little Rock, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Amarillo, Texas ●
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Monterey, California

● Did not actually make it to this office, but met with staff there