mom said to keep going

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Yesterday mom informed me that she and a neighbor would be walking to the Subway sandwich shop, have lunch, and then walk home.

It’s approximately one half mile.

The reason for the walk, according to mom, was to “Keep Moving”

Here’s a link to an article that you may enjoy . . .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/youre-never-too-old-to-exercise-just-ask-my-98-year-old-mom-if-you-see-her-at-the-gym/2013/12/13/1fec72ce-4c86-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a2db44b6ee0c

“Electric Light Orchestra – Calling America” ~ music therapy?

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It has been said that music therapy make work on all of us.

Participation trophies??

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In the past they came to my attention, but never gave it much thought. After reading yesterday, about the gradual rise in the obesity rate, wow, maybe besides the trophies that have been given out for years? Just thinking about stuff . . .

the secret to a peaceful life?

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“It’s been said that a peaceful life contains moderation and compromise ” anonymous

The little guy is expanding his horizons

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I had the pleasure of watching a little friend of mine, on a video, as he is teaching himself to walk. It wasn’t to long ago that he was giving it all he had to crawl from one spot to another, reaching for stuff. Next he was cruising while holding on to the couch, same reason, reaching for stuff. Now, he’s pushing his walker, reaching for stuff. I am proud of his try and his achievements. He seems to me, very determined.

It occurs to me that his determination came from his parents.

Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome?

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My first recollection of hearing the two phrases side by side was during a visit to the Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, Colorado in 2015. Some nice folks had obtained permission for me to visit with Huntington Potter, PhD., the Director of the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

I won’t try to elaborate here, but will post this to put a bug in your ear, if you’re interested, in why many neuroscientists seem to speak of some kind of connection. Here is a link to the NIH website. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/alzheimers-disease-people-down-syndrome

Here is a link to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-dementia/types-of-dementia/down-syndrome

Here is a link to where I met Mr. Potter.

http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/neurology/Faculty/Pages/potter.aspx

a quote from Jennifer Hyman

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I think that life is difficult. People have challenges. Family members get sick, people get older, you don’t always get the job or the promotion that you want. You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your resilience and your ability to go through your life and all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude.Jennifer Hyman

thank you Casey Kasem

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I don’t know what Casey Kasem meant by this, but I realized today, what it means to me.

Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

For me it means to make sure the responsibilities I created or accepted are handled, but when I can, get out there and do some stuff!

the anatomy of my time in 2018

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There are 8760 hours in a year, 365 days

Here is a rough, for me, estimate for 2018.

  • 2920 hours sleeping
  • 912 eating
  • 900 for mom
  • 1056 walking
  • 900 household chores
  • 730 on social media
  • 520 on trips west
  • 730 for Netflix, reading and other forms of exercise besides walking.

8668 hours in this guesstimate. That leaves 92 hours for the year to do other stuff and that converts to about 15 minutes a day.

So, if I want to consider another task or two to put in the mix, it will take some decisions.

Should I not sleep so much? Maybe not eat as often? Ignore mom some?

This is approximate and put together quickly, but may show some of the things that need considering, if I want to do more stuff.

Wednesday December 5, 2018 blog post

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How do I define “Never Give Up?”

It means believing in myself, being willing to accept failure and learning from it, not compromising on important values, walking the walk I suggest, and maybe most importantly, to me, to Keep Going, Keep Setting Goals, no matter how much I fail or succeed.

Some pictures from today:

The hourglass represents a question Mark asked of me. “Jack, we all get sand in our hourglass, and we never know when it will run out. What ya gonna do with yours?”

Since June 1, 2012 the old guy has been on foot, raising money and awareness for charity. Today, the 19,000 mile mark was reached.

Keeping mom safe, myself healthy and raising money and awareness concerning Down Syndrome.

I came back to post a collage with the stroller and train tracks.

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