Category Archives: Across The Land

caregivers need some comfort 

It’s hard to find comfort when your loved one has a disease that doesn’t have a cure. Add to that the day to day stress of making sure another human being stays safe. 

Psychologists know caregivers have to find comfort somewhere, if they are to remain healthy themselves. 

When referring to comfort, I hear the word “prayer” often. 

Colin Kaepernick 

This is a little of what I think. I’m not a lawyer and have not studied on this much.

I think in America he has the right to protest. I would imagine their are limitations placed on this. 

I think in America other folks have the right to protest what he is doing. I would imagine their are limitations placed on this. 

I would imagine that a lot of people blindly follow others. I don’t think that is limited to any one group. 

If my car had a flat tire, I would probably spend my time changing the tire. Maybe I would spend time trying to make sure it did not happen again. 

What does the paragraph above have to do with this particular situation?  Maybe nothing or maybe a lot. 

Alzheimer’s and the meetings with the family 

Scenario – mom is 75 years old and has alzheimer’s disease and no longer recognizes anyone. Her husband passed away several years ago. She has one daughter and two sons. Mom has been placed in a senior care facility recently. 

Lots of decisions will need to be made, and the need for decisions will be ongoing. 

This may be the catalyst for tremendous problems to come or may be a time her children come together that would make mom proud. 

The Alzheimer’s Association has information that may help at these times. 

Call 1.800.272.3900 anytime. 

Thursday, September 22nd 2016

I’m back with mom and she is doing well. The 24 day road trip across America went well. I left thinking I would sharpen the saw, a lot. But, after a few hours of that, it felt like a waste time. An extreme amount of awareness was raised.

BioPortfolio about the Alzheimer’s Association

how long does awareness need raising for alzheimer’s 

It will be for a long time. The target will change from time to time. I work hard to stay informed. I go with my feelings after that, and I keep going and going and going. Persistence is a necessity. Patience is a must. No matter what occurs I continue to raise awareness concerning the disease that took my dad’s life and the lives of millions of others. 

Dolly Parton has an awesome quote:

Whenever I’ve wanted something real bad, I find it helps to make as much DANG noise about it as possible”     

Living longer was followed by more diagnosis of alzheimer’s 

If 5% of alzheimer’s disease shows up before age 65, then 95% does not. Back when life expectancy was 64 an alzheimer’s diagnosis would have been rare. 

Our current life expectancy, in years, is 78.5. New diagnosis are no longer rare, in fact, some are using the “epidemic” word 

We may be able to take these figures and begin to realize how we have eased into our current situation. Here is another bit of information to mull over:

People over age 80 make up the fastest-growing population segment in the world.

Wednesday, September 21st 2016

Today is my daughter’s birthday. Her name is Amy and she is 42 years old. 

Found out today was World Alzheimer’s Day. The Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter tweeted it, and I saw it. 

Paul Staso called. Awesome guy. We had a great conversation. He was saying hello. I appreciate that much. 

Marcia Bobo phoned. Said her and Leo coming to Roberta soon. 

Feels good to be home. 

I picked up my new sticker for my tag today. No cost, because I have a Veterans tag.

Did a two miler to get an aerobic workout. Ah, back out on U.S. Highway 80.

Ordered two new signs for the car from Chandler Graphics. 

The mailman stopped me to say he had missed seeing me on the roads. I missed our waves and quick hellos also. Those kind of things are important. 

That’s U.S. Highway 80 behind me

Recent Salk science breakthroughs and upcoming events

World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21st 

​World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.