Protecting the memory on your hard drive…

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


About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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4 Responses to Protecting the memory on your hard drive…

  1. GFBison says:

    That’s beautiful! Our kids do motivate us to be better people than we would be otherwise. Good for her to give you a higher purpose, and good for you to follow through!

  2. Abra La Mente says:

    What a precious child! The scene you just played out for us would make a lovely PSA–it sure has on your blog.

  3. roxane s. says:

    CC, those kids, they sure do put things in perspective for us in a hurry, don’t they? Well, if that won’t motivate a person…what will? Happy exercising…for a longer life and mind! :)

  4. Ms. C says:

    All~ thanks for your comments. From the mouth of babes…what would I do without my Cheyenne? :-)

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