It’s been almost a year since he began eating in a healthy way. Once he started I never saw him falter, not even a minute. After some of the weight was gone, he started walking, mostly outside, but some on a treadmill. He lost 85 pounds, and says he feels better than he has in years. All new clothes were a necessity.
This is a great success story that I identify with.
Failed clinical trials and the continued lack of money for research leaves me with a feeling of pessimism. Bill and Melinda Gates getting involved is big to me, as they announced they are going to help scientists examine other theories. The longitudinal study in Columbia is exciting because they feel certain that everyone in the study will get alzheimer’s. The NIH is setting aside some money for new scientists, with fresh ideas. Thoughts of those things brings a feeling of optimism.
Hearing success stories from caregivers, accounts of them adapting, reading about laws being passed that may help them, and reading about the growth of support groups, memory cafes and more community involvement brings optimism.
Reading that our nation, as a whole, is eating healthier and exercising more is great news. That’s talk about prevention right there, good talk.
A lot of progress has been made in many areas. Necessity, sometimes, can be the mother of invention.
Posted in Alzheimer's, Caregiving, Inspiration, Prevention, Research, Treatment
Tagged Across The Land, Alzheimer's Association, alzheimers research, Bill Gates, Jack Fussell, NIH
The stroller on the left, named Wilson, belongs to me. In 2013 he carried my supplies and equipment for 2,594 miles through parts of ten states. That workhorse is a Bob Revolution SE manufactured in 2012.
The stroller on the right belongs to the Barnes family. Recently it carried equipment and supplies for them as they marched from Key West, Florida to mom’s house, in Roberta Georgia. Their stroller is a Bob Revolution manufactured in 2010.
We replaced theirs with a little bit newer model, and they continued on to Blaine Washington.
I took the picture this afternoon.
Jogging strollers are a super way for parents to go out and run with their children.
I was out there about alzheimer’s disease and they were talking about diabetes on their trip. It’s ironic that being fit helps slow the progression of both.
One extra pound of body weight increases the pressure placed on your hips by 6 pounds and on your knees by 3 pounds. No wonder #osteoarthritis is more common in people who are obese! Plus, fat cells produce #inflammatory cytokines, chemicals that boost pain & #inflammation.
Regular walking today (non excercise) 6,678 steps.
Brisk walking today (for excercise) 10,000 steps
Total steps 16,678 towards a 10,000 step goal.
Regular walking today (non excercise) 3,105 steps.
Brisk walking today (for excercise) 10,025 steps
Total steps 13,130 towards a 10,000 step goal.
Being healthy is important to me, for a host of reasons.
Regular walking today (non excercise) 4300 steps.
Brisk walking today (for excercise) 15,000 steps
Total steps 19,300 towards a 10,000 step goal.
I was on the stationary bicycle for 15 minutes.
I’m trying to stay physically fit.
If it were not for my excercise miles, believe it or not, I would be considered sedentary. Those guys, yep, the experts, they say anything less than 5000 steps is. You know, like getting up and walking to the fridge, or out to the mailbox, that kinda stuff. (non excercise)
My non excercise miles average around 4500 a day. Ah, my saving grace is that I average almost 6000 steps a day in excercise mode.
This puts me a tad over the so called “healthy” 10,000 steps per day goal.
Tomorrow morning I will begin tracking my steps in two ways, just to be doing, may learn something.
First part, I will count how many steps per day that aren’t considered excercise. Secondly, how many steps are taken as excercise.
It’s amazing that under 5000 total steps is normally considered sedentary.
How brisk the walks are, of course, will be important. I would think the normal steps will not be very brisk, but the excercise ones, will be.
This will be interesting to see how many steps I take, aside from the excercise ones. I have no idea.
It matters. I want to live a long time, and have quality to it.