Welcome to the Fall season!
My birthday was October 2, I am now 73 years old. Wow what a life so far. I celebrate my birthday for the whole month of October. This year I went to Montauk for 5 days on a sabbatical. I used to go with Jeannie and we would celebrate our birthdays together, but she is very involved with college activities and could not come. So I decided to go it alone and really remove myself from the stresses of my everyday life. It was great. Last year I did the same when at the last minute Jeannie said she had activities and could not come. I had hotel reservations I could not cancel so I went. I was lonely and it was difficult, but I adjusted and this year I decided to go alone on purpose. It was a good decision. I purchased an iPad and learned how to use it. Took a ukulele and a harmonica. I went wave riding and ate at great seafood places.
I drove all over in our yellow Camaro convertible and it was such fun. I make Montauk a destination at least two times a year. Montauk and Key West are my favorite waterfront towns. On the way back home we always stop at World Pie in Bridgehampton and order a Patti’s Pie, it is a tradition.
This past month has been challenging. Butch was planning to go to Oklahoma on 9/19 for a family meeting with his sisters, sister in law and neice to discuss strategy about the care of his younger brother Larry. Larry had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 50’s and was doing poorly. Unfortunately two days before Butch was to leave Larry passed. That was September 17th and the trip became a funeral trip. I joined him a day later and we spent the weekend with family. September 18th was Jeannie’s 20th birthday and we did not get a chance to celebrate. On top of that our beloved 13 year old cat, Savannah, died on the 18th. Butch left the19th and I flew out on the 20th. (a 10 hour weather delayed trip.) When we came home Monday we were both drained. The Montauk trip a couple of weeks later was a welcome break.
Being the teacher that I am, I began to seek out lectures and courses online having to do with Alzheimers so I can pass it on to friends, students and family. Alzheimers is a form of Dementia, a brain disease with symptoms that usually show up later in life, but the condition has beginnings in mid life and even in one’s twenties. It has to do with sleep habits, nutrition, hormonal imbalances, stress, lack of exercise, environmental factors, (genetics can play a part), exercising/staying fit, eating nutritionally (non processed) foods, sleeping at least 8 to 9 hours per night (that is when the brain rejuvenates) staying away from harmful environmental pollutants including harmful drugs (prescribed and not), practicing some sort of relaxation/meditation exercises, doing challenging brain activities, and life attitudes. My advice is to start now to achieve a healthier lifestyle, because the alternative is unbearable.