Caregiving information from the web.

For some, getting older means relying on family and other sources of caregiving.
Nursing home care costs $60,000: It costs more than $60,000 per patient for nursing home care for a year.
A quarter of households are involved in caregiving: One in four households will care for a loved one aged 50 and older.
Caregivers face health risks: Unpaid caregivers often have high stress, reduced immunity, and heart disease.
Most elderly live with relatives: 66% of people aged 65+ live with relatives.
Most elderly persons will need some type of long term care: The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging estimates that 70% of all people 65 and up will need long term care services in their lifetime.
Unpaid caregivers make up 90% of long term care: Most long term caregivers are unpaid, and 83% are family members, friends, and neighbors.
Mental Health
These facts take a look at Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental afflictions affecting older Americans.
Alzheimer’s affects millions: In the US alone, Alzheimer’s disease effects an estimated five & 1/2 million people.
20% of older Americans suffer from depression: Older adults experience depression at twice the rate of younger adults.
Treatment for depression in the elderly is low: Although nearly 20% of the older population experiences depression, only 3% get treatment.
Your brain never stops growing: We grow new neurons with time, and the brain is constantly reshaping itself in response to learning.
As you get older, you get happier. Many people report that they feel more content as they age.
Alzheimer’s is spreading rapidly: Every 67 seconds, a person in America develops Alzheimer’s.
Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s: More women will develop Alzheimer’s than men, and it’s believed this is because women tend to live longer.
Being cautiously optimistic is healthy: Being too cheerful or optimistic can lead to an inability to cope, and a risk factor for premature death.
Staying in school can save your brain: The longer you remain a student, the better you’ll be to fight of dementia.
Seniors need just as much sleep as others: Seniors have to sleep as much as younger adults, but it may be harder for seniors to get enough sleep.
Physical Health
Learn about the potential for physical health as you age from these facts.
Physical efficiency reaches its peak in the mid-20s: Efficiency increases from birth to the middle of your 20s.
Seniors can exercise: Despite the common misconception that aging means physical inactivity, seniors are capable of exercising, and it’s great for health and wellbeing.
Every breath ages you from the inside: Some oxygen molecules degrade into free radicals, which causes your body to rust from the inside.
18.2% of elderly have diabetes: In 2006, 18.2% of adults 65 and up reported a diabetes diagnosis.
Most 65+ adults got a flu shot: 75% of adults 65 and older got a flu shot in the past 12 months.
66% of individuals 75 or older are in good health: Only 34% report fair or poor health at 75 or older.
Negative thinking can cause problems: Elderly people who worry about falling over tend to fall over more often that those who don’t.
Elderly drivers often have fewer accidents: Despite popular belief, drivers over 65 have fewer accidents per person than those under 65.
Soda kills at any age: Phosphate, found in soda, caused mice to age faster.
Chronic inflammation accelerates aging: Those who experienced high levels of infection-related inflammation as children die earlier and age faster.
A negative childhood can shorten your life: Those who faced trauma as a child will typically age earlier than those who didn’t.
Living Longer
You can stretch your lifespan by taking these facts to heart.
Exercise is key to successful aging: Physical fitness is at the crux of successful aging.
Working past retirement can keep you alive: Many long lived professionals keep working after retirement age, even if it’s just part time.
Women live longer than men: Women can generally expect to live longer than men.
Conscientious people live longer: Being persistent, working hard, and a little obsessive is the secret to long life.
A happy marriage can save your life: People living in happy marriages tend to live longer, but getting rid of a troublesome spouse can also have a positive effect on your longevity.
HGH can be dangerous: HGH can give you a more youthful appearance, but when not used properly, can cause cancer cells to grow and spread faster.
You can’t get enough reservatrol from wine: Reservatrol, found in wine, can slow the aging process, but wine does not contain enough to make a difference.

The chapters I visited

with the Alzheimer’s Association

Savannah, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Tifton, Georgia
Columbus, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Dalton, Georgia
Decatur, Alabama
Memphis, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee ●
Little Rock, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Amarillo, Texas ●
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pueblo, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Monterey, California

● Did not actually make it to this office, but met with staff there

Living Healthy Magazine

in Dahlonega and Dawsonville. (a publication of The Dahlonega Nugget and the Dawson News & Advertiser)

Across the Land appreciates the article concerning the changes I made in my health, and how Amicalola Falls State Park played a major part in the story.

From the United States Administration on Aging

Aging Statistics

The older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. The information in this section of the AoA website brings together a wide variety of statistical information about this growing population.

6.26.2015 blog post

Met this young man and his daughter. His grandmother has alzheimers disease. He grandpa is 90 years old and is working his farm alone, because his buddy can’t help anymore.


No matter how long I do this or how many people I talk to, I try to remember how important it is to each person to be able to share there feelings and maybe even opinions.

Another week over
Lots of miles. 123 of them.

1,289 new alzheimers diagnosis each day in America. 9,023 this week.

Amicalola Falls

6.25.2015 blog post

It was a good day today. I fell in Ellijay while jogging with Susan. Doing well. No residual problems. Things are good. This week will end tomorrow evening with probably around 125 miles.

Met some really sweet folks today at the park. Some folks from Florida said they met me about 3 years ago.

A local magazine in Dahlonega printed a story about me and Amicalola. Folks at the park presented it to me today.

I feel good about it all. Things are well and I am strong and sticking with what I have been doing for a long time, raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association

6.25.2015 pictures







6.24.2015 blog post

The Longest Day for the Alzheimer’s Association went well on June 21st at Amicalola Falls State Park. 34 miles and raised $170.00 for them.

I feel good about my persistence and the discipline I am developing in my life. I reflect often to make sure my actions are consistent with what I am wanting to accomplish.

The fight against alzheimers disease is ramping up, in my opinion, and things are getting exciting. 

I am still trying to promote good fitness and let everyone know the Alzheimer’s Association can help them.

Things feel right. I am supposed to be doing this.

Ellijay, Georgia
Jasper, Georgia

around Georgia, Pickens County done

The county seat is in Jasper.


I visited with Angela Reinhardt at the Pickens County Progress.

I stopped by and chatted with June at the Chamber of Commerce.


Lots of folks in Jasper today.

Jasper, Georgia


An alzheimers connection


Amicalola Falls