Monthly Archives: May 2016

alzheimer’s & the moon

The “Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort”, or better known simply as the “We choose to go to the moon” speech, was delivered by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in front of a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962.

Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later.

In the two paragraphs above, we see the results of something. It may be up to each of us as to what actually made it happen and why, but it happened. We put a man on the moon.

Well here we are with another bold undertaking. I’m betting we do it!

The National Alzheimer’s Plan set forth a bold agenda to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. The Plan outlined action steps that the federal government needs to take to meet that goal, and the NIH’s Alzheimer’s Bypass Budget spells out the funding needed. This funding will be used to implement those action steps and would fully fund the Bypass Budget proposal.

4 year anniversary of across the land

1460 days

15,904 miles on foot

10.89 miles per day average

16 states

Thank you for helping.

It’s about the caregivers!

The more days and the more miles equates to more caregivers possibly finding out about help available for them and their patient.

6 days left until I walk another section

looks like it’s a go to get another small section finished. The stroller’s ready. The excitement builds for me. I get excited think of a possibility. Maybe a caregiver will see the sign on the stroller, call the helpline and start a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.

In our lives, memories are made every day. Whether we hop on an airliner, go to work or sit on our porch, we remember it. Alzheimer’s can remove those memories from consciousness.

divorce and alzheimer’s

Some caregivers are seeking to divorce their spouse, after the spouse can no longer recognize them. (alzheimer’s)

Some caregivers are dating while they continue to caregive for their spouse, but not seeking divorce.

It appears more and more caregivers may be considering these options.

Talk about moral dilemmas. This disease is generating many.

Google it and you may be surprised at how much print this is generating.

what does an IED do to the brain?

a young man survives, maybe just a scratch or two. How much was the brain compressed? Will this compression cause brain damage? Can this lead to dementia? Are their facts about this? Are their any theories?

With body armor, it seems as though more soldiers are surviving local explosions than ever before. Maybe this will be new ground.

Shock waves, they tell me, are ridiculously strong.

Tens of thousands of American combat veterans, many seemingly uninjured, carry higher risks of developing neurological disorders – and perhaps future organ ailments – simply because they were “exposed” to IED shockwaves, the Institute of Medicine reported Thursday.

The above, in italics, was cut and pasted here from the article found at the link below.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/ied-shockwaves-inject-hidden-damage-troops-study-claims-n29031

it’s a diagnosis – alzheimer’s

The diagnosis is alzheimer’s disease. She can’t hold back the tears. She is 64 years old.

Will she ask herself these questions?

Who do I tell? How long will I live? What will become of my family? What will happen to me? What about my job? Who will take care of me? Will their be any pain? Will most of my friends slowly stop communication with me? Will it cause turmoil in my family? Will it ruin us financially? Don’t they have a cure yet? Will my family have to clean and bathe me?

Will I lose all of my memories?

Every 66 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 67% of those folks are women.

We need a cure for alzheimer’s disease!

Heading west on foot soon – Day 11

If all goes according to plan, one week from today the stroller and I will be on the ground on Highway 341. We will be raising awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

That’s exciting because someone may hear about the toll free helpline to the Alzheimer’s Association

e Alzheimer’s Association works with caregivers to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Comprehensive online resources and information are available through the Association’s website at alz.org and the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. The Association provides assistance to more than 310,000 callers each year, offering translation services in more than 200 languages.

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We are getting ready. We hope this works.

I sure am proud of that BOB Jogging Stroller. The original (Wilson) is at Fort Mill, South Carolina at Britax Child Safety.

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Melissa, Kate and Wilson

out west – in 2013

This is a brief recap of a day in 2013. Myself and a jogging stroller were crossing America to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

I get up about 6:00 am. I am in a small motel on Route 66. Interstate 40 runs parallel to it.

No restaurants. I eat some Mountain House dehydrated food, and have a cup of coffee.

I pack up my stroller (Wilson) and say goodbye to my home for last night. It was a comfortable home. I watched television and spoke with family. I even considered staying another night, but I continued on.

I walked to the office and the manager wished me well and handed me 2 cold cokes for the road.

We went over I-40 and turned west onto Route 66. Still a bit dark so the lights on my stroller are flashing.

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not sure this picture goes with this day, but wanted folks that may see this post to know what the stroller looked like

On Route 66 all day. Some people stop because of media, some stop from curiosity. All of them are courteous and concerned. Later, I look up and see two dots in the distance. The dots keep getting bigger. I notice the saddle bags. It’s two men on bicycles. They ask what I am about. I explain. They are crossing America because of the loss of loved ones, due to cancer.

One of them can’t hold back and he starts crying. He says he can’t imagine crossing on foot, no support vehicle, alone and at my age. He apologizes for the age remark. 🙂 They were probably in their thirties. We say goodbye with hugs.

People stop and give me water and food and ask if I need anything.

Some folks over on Interstate 40 blow their horns and wave.

I remember around noon to call ahead and make sure the next little motel has a room. They do.

I see windmills, lots of flatland, and an occasional closed up motel or gas station.

It’s kind of warm and I stop at each overpass to cool down a bit. I have plenty of water.

In the distance I see a tall sign that looms above my home for the night.

I check in and the manager wants to know. I share and then head to my room. Flip on the a/c, the tv and take a bath. For at least a little while, I will relax. I am home.

I walk out later and look up at the stars and think of . . . . .

Heading west on foot soon – Day 10

The 6th of June is drawing near. the jogging stroller and I will attempt to walk a 123 mile section to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

this short continuation of my walk across America hopefully will serve a second purpose. the information gathered from all involved may let me know whether my journey should continue on, or be paused again.

mom’s welfare is and will remain, the highest priority.

One day I will make it to the Pacific Ocean for the second time. One day I will finish “Jack’s Walk Across America to End Alzheimer’s

a Memorial Day story

We had the full ships company on board the Roosevelt on a very beautiful afternoon. We were in the Mediterranean Sea. Their was no land in sight. I had just went below decks after watching flight operations.

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U.S.S. Franklin D . Roosevelt, CVA - 42

Word begin coming in that we had lost a shipmate on the flight deck. Anytime that happened the mood changed instantly. Wow, it was so damn sad.

The next day we recieved word that the young man had only been on board for 2 days, and that he had been on leave to get married. It was a horrific accident.

I know if we had been in a war zone we all would have pushed through it because that would have been a necessity, but we were not and we let it affect us because we could and we cared.

When I think of this young man, it is so hard to believe it was 45 years ago.

What became of his wife? What was his name? Did he suffer long? I forgot his name, but I will not forget his story, and how important he is to us all.

Their are thousands of sailors and soldiers that died in uniform.Their are thousands of families that felt the pain.

I found these words on the internet.

Our country is in mourning, for a Sailor died today