Monthly Archives: January 2018

scientists are people too

I was thinking!

The NIH awards a grant, and that may lead to a cure. The place has the equipment, the ideas, but may not have enough scientists. Scientists are called, or however they do that, appointments are made for interviews and that may lead to the research scientist saying this: “I have a spouse, 2 kids, a dog and a goldfish, in fact 2 goldfish. We have friends and family near and we are not wealthy. How long will this job last?”

Sometimes, from what I hear, the answer is not very family friendly, and a lot of scientists have families.


Saina Nehwal – from India

No mention of contemporary Indian sportspersons and their achievements is complete without the name of this young gun from Hyderabad. Saina Nehwal made India proud when she recently regained her World No 1 ranking in the Badminton World Federation Womens Singles list, something only one other Indian player had managed earlier (Prakash Padukone).

Her biggest achievements include a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, winning the Indonesia Open in 2009 and bagging the World Junior Badminton Championship title. Recently she won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix and bagged the silver at the World Badminton Championships in Jakarta, becoming the first Indian women to achieve the latter.

Nehwal is known as one among the few key players from across the globe who managed to successfully break the Chinese monopoly over this sport and continues to be an inspiration for young girls everywhere. She has been awarded the Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri for her contribution to sports.

Some pictures from today’s Facebook memories #2

walking for charity

I arrived at mom’s on January, 24th, 2016, and it was an eye opener. Mom and her husband required help, the situation did. Family near were helping as much as they could, and it was good help.

Ninety percent of 2016 and 2017 was spent, by yours truly, as a caregiver. Anyway, my miles have changed, the amount, the location and I accept it. I’ve walked a bit more than the numbers show below. I do some miles every few days without electronics, and that’s just to maintain some moderation. The miles below are from the Charity Miles application on my phone.

  • In 2016, I walked 1149 miles
  • In 2017, I walked 710 miles

That’s good milage for the situation here and it feels good to Keep Going.

So for the two years,the daily average was under 3 miles per day, not bad.

No goal, no big deal, just a thing, I want to average about 3 miles daily in 2018. That, my dear friends, will put me at 1000 miles for the year, and I will like that. I am a 24/7 caregiver for my 89 year old mom. She would do the same for me, in fact, she did, many years ago.

about the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation

Philanthropists Zachary Fisher and David Rockefeller joined forces to establish the Fisher Center with the singular mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through scientific discovery. The Center opened shortly after Zachary Fisher’s wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His dream was to help discover the cure so others would not have to suffer through the ravages of this disease that he and his wife had to.

Mr. Fisher died on June 4, 1999.

Elizabeth Fisher, his wife, died on January 12, 2004.

the 5 goals that form the foundation of the National Plan

  1. Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias by 2025
  2. Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency
  3. Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and their Families.
  4. Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement
  5. Track Progress and Drive Improvement

What’s wrong with strategies? – Alzheimer’s

Maybe nothing is wrong with them. The National Alzheimer’s Plan is a strategy. It’s hard for me to tell if it’s worthwhile or not. Some articles speak of “notable accomplishments” that resulted from the plan. I haven’t read anything that spoke negatively about it.

I’ve been told, and I think the advice is good, to read things for myself. I haven’t read any results myself. I haven’t even looked. It would be easy to say that it’s not worth the paper it’s written on, but I can’t do that. I need to hunt for the info, do the legwork, so to speak.

Now is a good time to fish or cut bait. The “Georgia Alzheimer’s Project” is a strategy, and I need to understand that one too.

Do I agree with the Georgia Alzheimer’s Project? I have no idea, the name sounds good, but I don’t know. I’m going to try and find out if it seems good.

Some folks have told me that some strategies are put in place to pacify, and never result in solutions.

Strategy definition – a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.

Some pictures from today’s Facebook history

The pathology was there, but no symptoms #PREVENTALZ

How to prevent alzheimer’s – Ted Talk with Lisa