The news today is scary. You read the headlines and wonder what has happened to the simplicity, the safety, the world. Terrorist attacks. Murders. Robberies. Car accidents. Sneaky, untrustworthy politicians. Violence. Lies. Abuse.
This world is so big and we are so small. We can only do so much to protect each other and keep each other safe. When it comes down to control, there isn’t much we can do but we CAN take care of ourselves and each other.
I am a news junkie. I like to stay informed, no matter how negative the world has become. I scroll through CNN, Time, and the local newspaper websites at least 4 times a day.
Last night I came across this headline and oddly enough, it had scared me more than the average because I felt that this time, I had control, and if I didn’t, I had to take it.
“The death rate from Alzheimer’s has increased 55% over 15 years”
This number is DRASTIC.
This is an emotional topic especially for those who have been a witness to those affected by this unbelievably devastating disease. We watch loved ones forget how heroic they are, how loved they are, who they are. They lose their sense of self and independence. And we are forced to accept that this is now a common occurrence in the stages of getting older.
Alzheimer’s Disease is heavily studied yet no cure has been found.
I am 30 years old. I have a lot of living left to do but this scares me.
“They” (those who study Alzheimer’s Disease) suggest that we keep our brains sharp – read more books, learn a new language, do crossword puzzles, exercise, eat healthy. Didn’t we do this more when there was less technology? Weren’t we forced to learn new languages to communicate with other countries? Didn’t we have to work harder to understand something because we didn’t have the materials, we didn’t have an internet full of answers? Didn’t we use our bodies more? When technology was at a standstill? I mean, van doors open by the touch of a button and robots are vacuuming our floors.
What is the problem?
Now, I’m no doctor or scientist but I feel so strongly on this topic for some reason and it horrifies me that there is no listed cause and no solution. What can we do other than sit and hope that we do not became a part of this growing percentage?
I am afraid of what is in my food. I am afraid of how it is produced, where it is produced. Long ago the world did not have access to the chemicals used to create or mass produce the food we consume today. Now I’m not saying this is the cause – this is simply something that concerns me. You, as individual, are free to believe whatever it is you believe. What I am saying is, is that we must take better care of ourselves. And not only because we are afraid but because as a society, as a growing population, we ARE the future. What we do today immensely impacts what we do and how we function 100 years from now. How do you think we got here?
Please understand that I am not trying to scare you and I’m certainly not telling you how to live your life. This is nothing but a simple plea to live with a little more caution, a little more care.
Read an article today (a happy one even!), stretch, go for a walk, eat an apple.
Let’s take better care of ourselves so we can take better care of each other.