Category Archives: Prevention

From the National Institute on Aging

My miles – 318 so far this year . . . . .

The Scientific part of the Alzheimer’s Community is working hard to find treatments and a cure, but that takes time. The miles I jog and walk may slow down or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. So far, in 2018, my average is 4.24 miles per day, and that feels about right.

research – just a gut feeling

The articles on the internet have slowed to a crawl, the ones that speak of a cure for alzheimer’s. The body would speak of how one thing or another had affected mice, in a positive way. Something has changed. The headline would have some readers thinking the cure had been found.

Many research detectives scour all the data they can find for ongoing promising trials, and right now many are saying there is not much exciting on deck.

I do the best I can at this and remember I am but a layman, with a gut feeling.

While speaking with a research scientist recently he told me to keep my fingers crossed about the possibility of luck. I will do just that. He said that does happen sometimes.

The work in Columbia, the Zuckerberg project and the Gates Foundation endeavor create excitement in me. The NIH set aside for fresh scientists, with new ideas, sounds pretty good.

My post is meant to record my thinking at this point and maybe spark interest enough, that if anyone reads it, and is interested, they will go to Google, and begin looking.

I don’t seem to have doubts about a good outcome to all of this, just wonder about the time frame.

the flow of money needs to remain steady #ENDALZ

There has been speculation that some lawmakers may not want to increase funding for finding cures and treatments because they don’t see enough good things, at the moment, coming from science. If that is the case, I don’t think they understand how it works.

If you give someone an hour to do four hours worth of work, and then you’re disappointed they did not finish, you may have a thinking problem. The money from Congress is never steady enough, it’s so piecemealed. Institutional knowledge is lost all over the country, scientist are going to other jobs.

Inspiration – a weight loss story

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.

Alzheimer’s – some optimism #ENDALZ

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.

Jogging stroller – two of them

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.

From Kristie Leong M.D – body weight – pressure on joints

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.

for Thursday, February 1, 2018

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.

for Monday, January 29, 2018

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.