A fellow former caregiver told me this week that he thinks those who have cared for someone with dementia tend to worry more about getting the symptoms.
I don't know if that is true, but I was comforted by an article I read recently.
The Alzheimer's Association put out a magazine this fall that has a great article in about genetic testing. In the article it talked about the RESEARCH and the nature vs nurture, genes vs environment.
I will post what they said further down in this post... but right now I have to post....
After the launch I may send out my resume to places in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota. I want to find a seasonal job near a bike trail. I think it will be good... but it is scarey for me. To leave the known and step into the unknown. Changes to self-image, identity... changes. Just for the 2020 season and then I don't know.
My friend Debra bought a travel trailer and she is anxious to go on camping trips with me. I have been looking at trailers and thinking and exploring. But I can't both work for the season in one location and travel with her or meet up in Idaho for the Trike Rally. My friends Regis and Cindy will be there and it would be cool to explore the area again with them. A lot to think about... but not today.
Today is Thanksgiving and I have spent too much time on this blog already. Got to start getting ready for guests and exercise.
Preventing Alzheimer'sBack to the article.
Early onset Alzheimers (younger than 65 years old) is VERY hereditary. So if you get tested for the gene, might as well just plan on getting it.
BUT old age Alzheimer's (after 65) may have a gene marker, but the market is just one factor of many that will influence whether you get the disease.
Other factors -- ways to boost your "environment" to prevent Alzheimer's.
Limit Alcohol consumption
Eat a healthy diet
Be physically active
Engage in cognitively stimulating activites
The biggest influencer is the older you get, the higher the risk. So just plan on dieing before you get it, I guess...
Where do I get your books?
I am grateful this Thanksgiving that YOU read to the end of this blog!