For over eight years we have been helping our Disabled American Veterans (DAV/UWVC). It breaks my heart when I hear stories that they are waiting for months to see a doctor or they are homeless. Hope things get better now. We all should thank them when we see them around for their great sacrifices and help them every which way we can. We just gave them a donation and clothing. The best part of this is that they come right at your door and pick up the donated items.
Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, is credited with identifying what would become known as Alzheimer’s Disease. In 1906 he gave the first lecture that, “he has seen an unusual disease of the Cerebral Cortex.” Since then several pieces of research have been done, drugs have been invented, and thousands of doctors and scientists have been working on it. So far there is no promising cure. Some experts say that one in nine older generation has this disease. It seems that education, diet, and exercise are playing an important role.
Tony Dearing, a regular columnist in the Star-Ledger’s bi-weekly Health section, has been writing about Alzheimer’s for over a year and I have quoted him in my book, Gourmet Cooking with Health in Mind. He recently interviewed Dr. Howard Fillit, a geriatrician, and neuroscientist, founding executive director of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. Dr. Fillit says:
We have known about inflammation in the brain of the people with Alzheimer’s disease for 35 years, but it’s never been addressed as a therapeutic target until recently. Inflammation is a hallmark of aging. Chronic inflammation can affect the brain in negative ways…
Prevention, public health, healthy lifestyles, managing morbid conditions, can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s to beyond the time of death. That’s the goal. We want to die with our minds, and not in a state of dementia. And I think that can be done.”
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher (1770-1831).
Thank you kindly,
Sushil (Sue) Hennessy
You don’t need money, just a little time to give mental support and be kind to all. Check on the elderly, bring their Newspaper to their door in bad weather, say hello to your neighbors when you see them, wish them happy holidays and birthdays etc. Call your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles; talk to them to make sure they are not lonely, thank the soldiers when you see them for keeping us safe; thank priests, police officers, teachers, postal workers, newspaper persons, trash collectors for their services. Write notes to a lonely and unknown person and make his or her day. These acts of kindness have a trickle-down effect.