freezing on Wednesday

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
freezing on Wednesday
8
Wed, 11-20-2013 - 10:47am

Bbbrrrrrrrrr.  It's cold today!  I went to an Alzheimer's meeting yesterday, and I feel like, for the most part, I'm on the right track. I felt badly for the women whose husbands are in assisted-living facilities. Dementia and Alzheimer's seems to be hitting people a lot earlier these days. I reared up a few times during the presentation, knowing what is ahead of me. But, life has to move forward, so that is exactly what I'm doing. Work today and Viennese waltz class tonight. What Are you all up to?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 11-20-2013 - 10:52am

It's chilier here but still not cold.  I had early morning clients and have to head out soon for more.  I'm not sure I'll get in a workout today but we'll see.  I should find my husband's family Alzheimer's support group, especially his father. I don't know if I told you all that my MIL was diagnosed w/ probably having it.  She's doing well and on occasionally shows symptoms but I think it's challenging for the family.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 11-20-2013 - 3:05pm

It isn't cold here yet but they say an arctic front is moving through in the next few days. Let me mention again that I hate winter!

I am going to try to get in a 5 mile run this afternoon since I may have to use the treadmill for a few days due to the prediction of cold, icy rain. Ew!

I bent my fingernail all the way back when I was making a bed this morning and the darn thing hurts like heck. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 11-20-2013 - 3:09pm

Alzheimer's and Dementia runs in my family and my husband's family. His father no longer recognizes us most days as his dementia has rapidly progressed. My mother is showing signs and we are trying to decide what to do about it. It really is a horrible thing to deal with. 

 I've already mentioned it to our new family doctor so she can be alert for any symptoms should either one of us start exhibiting them. There are some treatments that can help slow it down if it is caught early on I've been told. I need to really do some serious looking into it. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 11-20-2013 - 10:39pm

It is cold here, and windy. I worked from home this afternoon so that my furnace could have its annual checkup - the service person was supposed to come between 1 and 4. I tried to call the office at 4:15 withno luck, and I left for the gym at 4:30. I had a message at 5 that they would be there at 6:30 - too many no heat calls. But I difn't get the message until 7:30, so will have to try again. I can wrk. From home pretty easily, so it's not a big deal, just annoying. To comment on Altheimers, my mom was sharpas a tack when she died at 82, and my dad is great at 81 - I feel so fortunate. My sister. In law's dad has it and it is worrisome. So far, her mother is doing all the care - not what her children want - and that causes concerns too........on a different note - new workouts - my gym is going through some turmoil...the person who i think did the most to keep things running smoothly got laid off...it shows in small ways - the website isn't updated, class cancellations not communicated...the kids who work the desk are chatting to each  other, the person at the fitness desk is not there....my trainer says almost every day 'not that many people here today'. He has a full clientele, but he is the only one. The gym is owned by Mass General, and my guess is that they would like the real estate for expansion, and would like to have a financial reason to close the gym. So the classes arenot getting revamped, and a few have been dropped. I chose the gym because of the pool, and I stay because of that and my trainer. I flirt with the idea of a second gym for classes...which I do in the summer but there is 75 miles between the two of them, and to do it just for a class or two a week seems extravagant...there is a yoga studio near me, and maybe I will look into that. Anyway, I went to foam rolling tonight, lifted for legs, then swam 60 laps.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 6:56am

My mom has mentioned that she's worried about her memory loss but it's obviously an age related thing for her and she's just a worrier. My sister went to an Alzheimer's talk because she's dealing w/ it w/ her MIL. They told the group that some of them might be in there because they're worried about themselves and if that's the case, they shouldn't be worried.  I don't know if it's because people are living longer or what but it's scary the number of people who have or have a family member who has it.  You, me, fsn here on this board alone.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 7:01am

I'm thankful that though my parents have obviously slowed down a lot, they're still mentally sharp.  Their biggest problem, imo, is insomnia.  Have you thought of joining a place that has a drop in fee, instead?  A yoga studio would be awesome--something you can't get from a regular gym, at least the really good instructors for the most part.  I can't tell you how many fitness facilties I go to!






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 7:59am

Yes, it's because so many of us are living longer. Plus, we are diagnosing it, whereas, in the past, we just said, "grandmas getting old, "and we would snicker about the funny things that she would do. And, in looking at the brain scans of normal brain versus a Alzheimer's brain, this synapses seem to disburse so there is not a clearly defined line. It's pretty scary. It turns out that there are 70 different types of dementia, but Alzheimer's is the number one form of dementia. The youngest case on record at the Alzheimer's Association is 26? They are diagnosing it earlier now, with more people in their 50s getting it. That is very alarming.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 11-21-2013 - 1:26pm

I think I've mentioned the book before but has anyone read Stll Alice? It was a good book/easy read about early onset Alzheimers.