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Thanks for your comment, Lyn. You are so right - it's all a process. I'm glad that you are finding a way forward.

I am a firm believer in all benefits of a healthy diet and lots of excersise. There is so much history of Alzheimer's in my family (both parents, maternal grandfather and two uncles) that with no 'magic pill' in sight, at this point prevention is the only way to go. While some of the research results about the preventative aspects of certain foods and forms of exercise are not exact enough to insure total confidence that the combination will prevent Alzheimer's, the benefits to our overall health as we age are valuable. I am 60 years old and I CAN be confident that a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy sources of protein and omega fats (have been a vegetarian to 40 years) in combination with regular excersise can only have a positive affect on my over all health. After witnessing the long and cruel decline and ultimate death of both parents who suffered from this incideous disease my hope is to remain as active and vital as possible for my own children and grandchildren for as long as possible. I am part of the Alzheimer's Trial Match Program .....something that allows me to feel pro-active and involved in the search for a cure.....a critical must as the disease approaches epidemic status.
For those who have loved and lost someone with Alzheimer's, made caring for them a priority, navigated both anticipatory grief and the ultimate grief following the death of their loved one, re-entered our previous lives feeling the physical and emotional toll of the completed journey every day, perhaps making our own health a priority when we find ourselves with those holes of time can be our best contribution to the goal of someday preventing and curing this disease that steals from its victims their dignity, autonomy, memories, passions and basic humanity. Taking steps to resolve to both heal and improve our lifestyles, I believe is what those who have lost the battle would have us do.
Attention to my own health, participation in research studies and active involvement in the Alzheimer's Assoc. has NOT changed the grief process for me.......I expect that process will be part of my life from now on. But many of us reach a place in the grief process when we need to 'do something' about whatever cause of death our loved ones succumbed to. Both a lifestyle change and participation in research trials did not for me happen overnight.....in fact I couldn't make any decisions or commitments for a very long time........every step forward was like walking in quick sand. So perhaps for many, any transition is and should be saved for the future. But when the time is right ......... You will know.

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