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we visited nursing homes

The Alzheimer’s Association arranged the visits and most were quite lengthy and detailed. We spoke with administration, care staff, residents and visitors, and I would often ask residents about their past.

My dad was in a nursing home in Jesup Georgia several years ago. He seemed to enjoy the friendly banter with certain caregivers, and they spoke of his constant smile. I remember the empathy of the staff as we were leaving the home for the last time.

for Saturday, June 27, 2018

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.

. . . . . . . . . . Mariashriver.com

In early 2015 the Alzheimer’s Association let the efforts of Across the Land be known to Mariashriver.com. They responded by doing a series of interviews and putting the story on their website. We became an Architect of Change. That was an incredible honor for us.

Later, we watched as Maria Shriver testified before a Special Committee on Aging in the United States Senate on March 29th, 2017. She spoke of alzheimer’s disease.

Maria’s dad died with alzheimer’s disease. (Sargent Shriver)

A special thank you goes to Michelle Chahine with Mariashriver.com.

The face of Alzheimer’s disease

Auguste Deter

This is, of course, one of a few million faces, and many more will follow, yeah no cure. This, or pictures of others with alzheimer’s is what I want my congressmen or women to see.

No, I don’t want to take for granted what they have or haven’t seen. I’m pretty darn sure a lot of folks have no idea of how horrific this disease, and many other diseases are.

I gotta get better at this awareness raising stuff, ah, and I will.

does sleep matter?

Here’s how I interpret the “experts”

It matters a bunch, life and death stuff.

If you do not get your body tired, during the day, and I don’t mean your willpower, but your actual body, that night you probably will not go into a deep sleep.

Deep sleep time is when the little workers inside of your body sweep up the junk, the poisons, bag them up and send them out as part of your waste product. That sounds serious to me. Sitting around will not do the job. Oh, sitting around sounds good sometimes, but if you buy what they’re selling, it don’t sound profitable.

They even speculate that the cleaning crew can clean plaque and sweep it out. Very speculative I know, but right now it sounds right.

scientists are people too

I was thinking!

The NIH awards a grant, and that may lead to a cure. The place has the equipment, the ideas, but may not have enough scientists. Scientists are called, or however they do that, appointments are made for interviews and that may lead to the research scientist saying this: “I have a spouse, 2 kids, a dog and a goldfish, in fact 2 goldfish. We have friends and family near and we are not wealthy. How long will this job last?”

Sometimes, from what I hear, the answer is not very family friendly, and a lot of scientists have families.

Me and big pharmaceutical companies

In 2001 my second bleeding ulcer almost ended my life. They found H pylori bacteria in my system. The doctors told me if left as is, the ulcers would continue. 15 pills a day for ten days and the bacteria was gone. I appreciate the pharmaceutical company that manufactured those pills.

can I have both thoughts?

Sure I can, it’s my life. 

Can I be sitting and thinking about me, wishing I could go do things I wanted to do. You bet! 

Then 10 minutes later look at mom and be glad I’m here keeping her safe. You bet!

The “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event

This post is meant to share my thoughts on the best event I have ever attended. 

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

I have attended several of these events. I enjoy seeing caregivers, both past and present. Many types of health related organizations will be in attendance. Local celebrities and government officials have been known to help. Sometimes, alzheimer’s patients come to walk and make a stand. Many of the folks in attendance do not have a connection, they simply want to help others. Why do they walk? I think they “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

Please go to http://www.alz.org and find a Walk near you, or you may call 1.800.272.3900 anytime. 

good health and alzheimer’s 

From the National Institute on Aging 

There is no definitive evidence yet about what can prevent Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline. What we do know is that a healthy lifestyle—one that includes a healthy diet, physical activity, appropriate weight, and no smoking—can maintain and improve overall health and well-being. Making healthy choices can also lower the risk of certain chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, and scientists are very interested in the possibility that a healthy lifestyle might have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s as well. In the meantime, as research continues to pinpoint what works to prevent Alzheimer’s, people of all ages can benefit from taking positive steps to get and stay healthy.

From the Alzheimer’s Association 

Habits, spanning four categories — physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement — can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.

Research has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity. 

From the Mayo Clinic

Population-based studies suggest that factors associated with overall good health, such as regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet and keeping your brain active through lifelong learning, may also reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

From the Cooper Institute 

“We’ve known that exercise is beneficial to brain health in the short-term,” says Laura DeFina, MD, of The Cooper Institute, and first author on the study. “What’s unique about this study is that it demonstrates the long-term, positive effect of fitness on the brain.”