The rapidly climbing number of those affected with AD includes a growing population of aging military veterans affected who may have an added risk for the disease as a consequence of traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, and/or service-related injuries.
The paragraph above was cut and pasted from the article the link below will take you to. (2014)
“Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is a situation that can utterly consume the lives and well-being of the people giving care, just as the disorder consumes its victims.” » Leeza Gibbons
she came out on U.S.Highway 70 to tell me she was a caregiver for her mom, and that she, as the caregiver, was struggling some. She had not heard of the Alzheimer’s Association, so she took one of my cards and agreed to give me some feed back.
A couple of months later she phoned me to say she made the call, listened, heard something she liked and had already attended two support group meetings. The last time we chatted she is still involved with the Alzheimer’s Association.
This happened in 2013 while I was crossing America.
I can’t remember where this was, but it was there, over 3000 foot of bridge, no space for Wilson. We wondered what we would do, how will we safely get across it, but it soon came to me. I realized that all the time standing there wondering, that not even one vehicle had passed.
We started walking and made it to the other side, no cars, no trucks, nothing. Those were some kinda good times, oh my gosh, they were.
My hope for anyone reading this, is that one day you come upon this bridge, and you get to cross it.
In 2015, I drove to Goffs, California, drove just inside the Mojave National Preserve, parked the car, and jogged about ten miles, on Lanfair Rd. It was beautiful there and the weather was mild.
Several years before that I traveled many miles, at night, as a lone backpacker in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Alone, maybe because not many really want to be out there walking around at night.
Until recently, when my mind would drift to places I want to return to, it would be the Mojave, hands down.
Now, not so sure anymore, the night stuff is beautiful, and very exhilarating, ah, but the desert is so peaceful, quiet.
My own experience exposed me to how awesome it can feel, to set a life changing goal, and achieve it.
In 2001 I purchased this book, did what it said, and lost 100 pounds in eleven months.
I purchased several, gave them away and saw success come to others. This one arrived today, mom dated it for me. This one will remain in my possession.
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.
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Tagged Across The Land, Alzheimer's Association, alzheimers research, Bill Gates, Jack Fussell, NIH
At “Across the Land” I have spent a lot of my time giving out the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline phone number. It’s been given out on cards, bracelets, media and word of mouth. Something, right at the beginning, convinced me that is where I could make a big impact, and that was, and still is, important.
I was able to begin “giving back” because my children were on their own and doing well. I’ve curtailed my activities from time to time because mom has needed my help, so I do what I can, when I can.
I began the “Across the Land” project because I believe it’s important to be a part of helping society with difficult situations. It’s good being able to do something that’s both impactful and interesting, and I will continue on, as I can.
Milestones are important to celebrate. Psychologist tell me it’s part of what keeps us human beings going. It works for me.
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and his dad Marched from Key West Florida to Blaine Washington, over 4,300 miles. They climbed in a Jeep that contained his mom, brother and sister, and rode to the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California, approximately 1,300 miles. Noah became part of the support group, among other things, and watched his dad pedal eastward, heading to Tybee Island Georgia, the Atlantic Ocean.
On their way, they stopped and spent time with mom and I. We all spoke of many things, had a meal together, they rested one night here, and headed east on the world famous Dixie Overland Highway, U.S.Highway 80.
At one point, during the visit, Noah noticed my wall map, with push pins in it, and he begin asking questions about the different colored pins, the states, the miles. He even called me a legend. Noah has Type 1 diabetes, yeah, you read it right, Type 1 diabetes. He had just finished Marching over 4,300 miles, he shared stroller pushing duties with his dad. Noah is a Legend and a Great Example.
This picture was taken almost a year ago when Noah and his family were heading to Blaine, Washington.