Did you know that regular physical exercise is known to have a preventative effect as it applies to Alzheimer’s disease? I did not know this, but I have heard this little factoid, not once, not twice, but three times in as many days from Cheyenne. Apparently, one of her teachers said this in class and it resonated with her.
Honestly, I didn’t even know that she was learning about Alzheimer’s disease. I was surprised she even knew what it was let alone the latest research on what serves as a preventative measure.
I looked up the research and she has it right. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association is predicting that one out of eight baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease. I am officially a baby boomer – albeit being closer to the end of the boom (1946-1964). I find that prediction staggering and horrifying.
So, Cheyenne is concerned that I exercise regularly so that I do not get Alzheimer’s disease. Last night, when she mentioned the Alzheimer factoid yet again she added the part that prompted me to actually do something. She said, “I don’t want you to forget me.”
That comment resonated with me…I am off to do thirty minutes of heart rate elevating exercise and will do so regularly to ensure that my memories – particularly this one – stay with me.
Day one hundred and fifty-five of the new forty – obla di obla da