Monday, October 6, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|Ready for the ALZ walk 2014!!!|
I arrived at 5:45am on Saturday September 27, 2014 to the Sparks Marina. Coffee and water in tote, and decked out in my purple sweat suit compliments of Cindy Locke, a Facebook friend whom had made it for me as a gift for being Mrs. Nevada International.
|Checking Walkers in for the walk.|
I helped set up the registration table. Once the walkers began to arrive I helped check them in, collected additional donations, gave them there purple wrist band and sent them on their way to meet up with their other team mates for the walk. I was greeted by many smiling faces. Young and old. All walking for different people. Loved ones, family members, mothers, fathers, bother, sisters, aunts , uncles, grandma’s, grandpa’s, and friends.
|On stage with my purple flower.....|
On stage I got to represent and hold up the purple flower to symbolize that I have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s . The tears flowed down my face from the moment I walked on the stage to the moment I came off the stage. I was not alone with my tears. There were many in the audience that cried and held their loved ones hands. It was clear to me that this disease knew no boundaries to of discrimination. It only knew to take loved ones lives by robbing them of their memories and then there bodies.
|My Awesome Walking Team!|
My walking team joined me off stage to start our walk. We were cheered on by the UNR Cheer leaders. I was joined for the walk with several friends from Facebook. Stephanie Campbell and her husband Scott, there two darling daughters and her parents joined my team. Also my mother in law joined me on the walk..With my team we gained strength in numbers which meant we can fight this battle together. Supporting one another and sharing each of our stories for the reasons we walk can bring us closer and break the stigma’s around Alzheimer’s.
|My family joined me for a bit.|
|Walking with my team.|
The money we raised doesn't reverse the disease yet, or bring back the ones that we have already lost along the way, but it does make us stronger together and I hope to one day say I was part of the Alzheimer’s association and we together raised money and found a cure. We had a goal to raise $500.00 to end Alzheimer’s. We raised a total of $407.00 getting to 81% of our goal. In the Reno Sparks community the goal was $125,000.00. The community raised $112,125.42 getting to 90% of the overall community goal.
At the end of the walk there is a hill. I was able to go on the hill and find the purple flower that had my grandma’s name on it to take it home with me to place in my garden. Once the walk was complete. I checked back to see if there were any additional volunteer items to do before going home to rest. This had been not only a memorable experience for me but an emotional journey.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
How sharp you are at age 65 may be tied to something totally out of your control: blood type. And people with type AB blood — the least common type — may face a particularly high risk of memory loss later in life, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
The researchers asked more than 1,000 people age 45 and older to perform cognitive and memory tests — learning and then recalling a list of 10 words, for example — and then took blood samples from each study participant. After following the participants for an average of 3.4 years, the scientists found that those with type AB blood had an 82 percent higher risk of cognitive decline.
This isn’t the first time blood type has been shown to influence health risks. In a 2014 study from Pakistan, for example, people with type A blood were shown to be at significantly higher risk of heart disease. Another recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostics Research, identified type A blood as a possible risk factor for oral, esophageal, and salivary gland, cancers, while type B was flagged as a potential risk factor for laryngeal cancers.
It’s also not the first time type AB blood has been tied specifically to vascular trouble: A 2014 study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostatis — conducted by same researchers behind the new Neurology study — found that people with type AB blood faced an 83 percent higher risk of stroke than those with type O blood, which had previously been linked to reduced odds of cardiovascular issues.
But despite this emerging — and increasingly compelling — body of research, said Mary Cushman, author of the new study, “Physicians and patients aren’t thinking at all about blood type and risk of diseases.” She told Yahoo Health in an email, “The reason is that we don’t yet know the cause for the connection.” Much more research is required, she explained, before doctors can consider checking blood type to predict disease. “Right now,” she said, “we are a ways off from doing this.”
Even so, Cushman and her colleagues have begun to explore potential links between type AB blood and memory loss. A primary area of interest: coagulation factor VIII, which is “a clotting protein involved in normal formation of blood clots,” explained Cushman. In the study, the AB group had the highest levels of the protein, compared to folks of other blood types. “We think that people with higher factor VIII are at increased risk of vascular conditions, like stroke,” Cushman said. “Since factor VIII levels are closely linked to blood type, this may be one causal connection between blood type and cognitive impairment.”
However, in the study, factor VIII didn’t emerge as a statistically significant link between type AB blood and memory decline, suggesting there’s another physiological explanation at play. One possibility? Something called ABO glycotransferase, which is “the enzyme that tells us what your blood type is,” Cushman said. Different versions of the enzyme, as dictated by blood type, signal different sugars to attach to red blood cells. As a result, ABO may play a role in regulating different bodily systems, including clotting function, said Cushman.
So should type AB people panic about preserving their memory? Cushman thinks not — at least not yet. “The association we saw was relatively small, and the findings need to be confirmed in other studies,” she said. “However, everyone can work to maintain their cognitive function through leading a healthy lifestyle, in terms of diet, physical activity, and not smoking, as well as controlling cardiovascular risk through optimizing blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes treatment.”