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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.

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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. 

the unofficial finish on the 2013 Epic Journey 

I left the motel after a hearty breakfast next door. Wilson and I were ready. I was excited. It would be a short leg today.

11.4 miles to the Pacific Ocean at Marina, California 

We had come over 2500 miles on foot and another 458 in a car. We struggled but remained focused on the mission. 

I walked most of those last 11.4 miles. I listened to my Ipod off and on. I remember a man on a bicycle stopped and we spoke of his alzheimer’s connection. I spoke on the phone with Andrea at the Alzheimer’s Association in Atlanta. 

I distinctively remember my Ipod battery failing me on the last mile. Ahh, that was tough. I love music. I stuck my earphones in my phone and listened to a song about “What do you run for?” over and over. I continually answered “for the Alzheimer’s Association”.

There was a gentle hill to climb near the end, and I spoke with my daughter as I climbed it. I crested the hill and there it was. The Pacific Ocean

I waded out a few feet and relaxed. I thought about many things during those moments. For a few minutes my thoughts were on my 5 friends that had passed away during this journey. Each one had encouraged me. I thought about caregivers I had met. I thought of my family and friends. 

It was approximately a quarter of mile back to my motel. This was a good day. I’m very grateful for all of the help I received and I am grateful for my life. 

This picture was taken at the Motel 6 in Marina, California after my unofficial finish.

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.” 

Wilson is home

That’s mom on the left and my grand niece on the right

The BOB Stroller Company sent Wilson home. He arrived yesterday from Fort Mill, South Carolina. Wilson is a Revolution SE Jogging Stroller. It’s the one on the right. I pushed that stroller 2,594 miles in 2013, and I pushed it another 1400 miles on symbolic walks or runs since. The engineering crew at the factory were proud of how my buddy held up.

This is seriously an awesome stroller. I did not have any problems with it other than a flat tire or two. 

Out west somewhere. This is a great picture

This was taken in Monterey, California

Strolling around town once more

For several years she ran anywhere from 15 to 20 miles every week, and she says that it kept her fit. Then came the news, that she was pregnant. As time progressed she found it hard to find the motivation to go run. The baby came and it was a beautiful little boy. Her energy level was low and she knew what she needed to do, she needed to get some exercise. Her and her husband talked and thought about it a few days and finally went and purchased a jogging stroller. She loves it and she loves the activity. It’s not a race to her at all. It’s about putting her baby in the stroller and jogging and walking and even sitting on a bench, turning the stroller around so the baby faces her, and chatting with her new friend. She loves the stroller, and yes it is a BOB .

Anytime I see someone with a BOB stroller,I initiate a conversation. The conversations are always good.

some great conversations today.

I had breakfast with an awesome young spirit and we spoke about many things. She has inspired me more than I could convince her. Goodbye Olivia. 

Spoke with a dear friend that is putting every ounce of energy he has into taking care of his mom. Her health was not good when she was carrying my friend in her body. She was advised to abort, or maybe lose her life. According to friends and family, she said no, I will not give up on my baby. He vows to never give up keeping her going.  She has alzheimer’s disease. “To keep going, Keep Going!”

Later, I spent time with a lady that lost her mom to alzheimer’s disease. Her mom’s battle was swift. She went quickly. Wow, alzheimer’s really sucks.

Wilson  (my jogging stroller)

Spoke with an awesome young lady at Britax Child Safety this afternoon. BOB Stroller is under their umbrella. My Revolution SE Jogging Stroller has went many miles. Most of the miles were on pavement. Second to that would be the grassy area next to the road. It’s been in canals and through ditches. It’s been pushed through flooded areas. Its been rained on, hailed upon, frozen and in extreme heat. Wilson has been a Rock for “Across the Land.”

My stroller is in great shape after thousands of miles.