Monthly Archives: July 2016

July, 2016 – the month is gone

I’m ending the month with a little over 220 miles on foot. I work at raising awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association. I work at staying fit and outrunning alzheimer’s disease. 

Currently, just to generate a little excitement for me, I am covering 7 miles every day, on foot. Today is 51 days in a row doing that.

Also this month I finished a couple of more counties. Their are 159 in Georgia. Going to each one, as I can, and seeing folks in the county seat. (raising awareness)

Helping mom. 

The alzheimer’s decal came from Arkansas, the other came from Cocoa Beach, Florida

Things seem to be going well.

UNICEF has been on my mind. I am going to try and help them, if I can. 17,000 to 25,000 children starve to death each day. 

Roberta, Georgia 

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

The weather in Roberta, Georgia has been very predictable. Several days with highs near 98° and lows around 75°.

Taken at 4:00 pm on July 30th

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with a long time Alzheimer’s Association staff member via phoncon.She has become a friend. 

I recieved a surprise in the mail today. Here is a picture. 

This arrived from Mark and Janice Lein. I thank God daily for them.

I spent time on the phone yesterday with a representative of UNICEF. I want to help.  

Mom traveled with me to Macon County today. Oglethorpe, Georgia is the county seat. We enjoyed the trip there and back, and we enjoyed the visit. Here is a picture from the visit.

Notice we used mom’s car today. (the a/c works)

Please share the Alzheimer’s Association helpline phone number with folks, if you think it may benefit. The number is 1.800.272.3900 Anytime! 

Roberta, Georgia 

LMTX – mixed reactions 

I read one story that focused on the failure of the drug. It didn’t work on a certain group of folks. It was the group the scientists were focusing on.Then in a few minutes I read another article speaking of the the positive results on a different group of folks. 

The headline of one article made me think of the word “failure”. The headline of the other article made me think of the word “success”.

Both are correct. The group it did work on is a smaller group, but it may help those folks, and that’s a good thing!

The best the world has to offer is searching. They are searching for a cure for alzheimer’s disease. 

Roberta, Georgia 

alzheimer’s disease and dad

I heard stories of aunts and uncles that didn’t recognize family anymore. I remember thinking “how can that be?” How do you forget who someone is that you have known for so long. 

A defining moment for me occured on a visit to see dad in 2000. Others were in the room as I walked in. He had not recognized me for a few months. He saw me, he smiled and he said: “There he is, watch out for that one” His smile broadened and I thought, for just a moment, that he was back. He quickly turned to the folks in the room and said: “He does the maintenance work around here.”

As I type this now I am shook by the reality. That was the man that took me fishing, and played baseball with me, and he no longer had a memory of me. 

My dad died with alzheimer’s disease on June 30th, 2000. He was 75 years old. 

He was very proud of his military service. He was in the United States Navy and was in harm’s way often, in the South Pacific

slowing down 

I will be 66 years old in October. My body was extremely overweight for at least 20 years. So called “experts” say that was rough on me. That was my decision to do that. At age three I was ran over by a car. Damage was done. I have been over 17,000 miles on my feet in the last 50 months. It’s my body, I only have one. I have read much concerning such things. I am slowing down because I feel it is best, because I want to jog and walk many many more years. 

My friend Mark taught me to manage my resources. I never let anyone else manage my resources anymore. I am the one that has to live with my decisions I make now, in the future. 

I even feel it is unfair to ask for certain types of advice, because others do not know my history, my current status and what I want to be doing 10 years from now. 

God has blessed me with a Great Life!

Roberta, Georgia 


I recently viewed a clip that spoke of the wandering of alzheimers patients. Wow, a lot of them do. Here is an Alzheimer’s Association article speaking of it.

Here is another page from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Roberta, Georgia 

professional caregivers 

I have never been a professional caregiver, but I have had the honor of meeting hundreds of them. I have spent the night in many senior facilities. I spent many days visiting with the professionals. 

I have an extremely healthy respect for both them and the service they provide. 

They provide the care, when we are not there. 

Disclaimer : I have no idea if I could even begin to perform the task they do. I have never been in their shoes. Tell ya this though – I sure do respect them. 

who came out to the road to see me

During the 2013 trip across America, I was on foot for 2,594 miles. I pushed a jogging stroller. The purpose was to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

People drove out to meet me. It was very rare for someone to speak of my running gear. Some spoke about the stroller, but the overwhelming majority wanted to talk about alzheimer’s disease. Some of them were able to bring the alzheimer’s patient with them.  

The visits on the road were probably my favorite part of the Journey. 

what am I doing? 

I am in Roberta, Georgia. A beautiful little place due west of Macon. Mom lIves here and I am here helping. She is 87 years old and will soon be 88.

I continue to do what I can, when I can, to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Dad died with alzheimer’s disease in 2000.

1979, Jerome H. Stone and representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national, independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. That meeting resulted in the April 10, 1980, formation of the Alzheimer’s Association with Mr. Stone as founding president.

Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through their national office and more than 75 local chapters. As the largest donor-supported, voluntary health organization for Alzheimer’s, the Association is a catalyst for advancements in Alzheimer’s research and care.

Mom and family, that is near, have come up with ideas that will let me leave mom’s side a few days here and their. Those days will be spent seeing family, friends and helping with the fight with alzheimer’s disease. 

I am so thankful to be able to help in our global fight against a horrific disease. 

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”
Proverbs 4: 25-26

Roberta, Georgia 

feeling thankful 

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it”         William Arthur Ward

Every relationship has the power to teach us something. 

I am very thankful to everyone that has influenced my life. I’m thankful for folks that helped, that I know nothing about. I’m thankful to God for life.