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 Afro-Americans and Heart Disease

High-Risk Candidates for Various Medical Conditions

Cardiovascular disease is most prevalent in African-Americans. This specific group has an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure with African-American women having higher rates of obesity than other race and gender groups.

In general, African-Americans, those people of African ancestry living in the U.S.A., have an earlier onset of cardiovascular disease than their counterparts of other races and genders and higher overall death rates from this disease.

In Greensboro, N.C., we are fortunate to have prominent members of the African-American community diligently working to foster awareness and implement changes in these areas. Dr Roosevelt Smith, a former bodybuilder and owner of HealthSource Chiropractic and Rehabilitation of Greensboro, provides resources to help the community understand the importance of early education regarding freedom from disease to promote long and healthy lives, including nutrition.

Teaming up with Dr Smith’s HealthSource practice is Angela Howard, a nutrition coach and CNA 11 who has lost over 220 pounds. According to Angela, “Obesity is often a symptom of other diseases and disorders. It’s really important to take advantage of free offers, seminars, or products to correct small problems before weight gain takes over your life!”

Reducing the risk of various diseases in African-Americans will also reduce the risk within all races. African-Americans should be aware of risk factors for vascular disease early on. Regularly check your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight, and know your cholesterol level. A healthy diet and exercise is no secret to improve quality of life.

Let Angela be your guide, motivator, teacher and the coach holding you accountable on your journey to a “better you”. There is no one solution and with a thorough assessment, Angela will put together a program personalized to your needs and goals.

Afro-Americans are needed for an Alzheimer’s Research Study conducted by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Are Afro-Americans at higher risk for Alzheimer’s because of diet? Click here for info.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal thanks Take Shape for Life and their constant support.

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NFL star, Terrell Owens is grateful of his stardom and attributes fame to his grandmother. Because she raised Terrell, she was the one responsible for his love of the sport.

Alice Black was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease during Terrell’s first NFL season, 14 years ago. Mr. Owens stated, “It’s like she is dying a slow death.” Unfortunately, his grandmother will never know how he has thrived at the sport and  no longer recognizes her grandson.

Terrell spreads awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease by participating in Memory Walks to raise money for reasearch. He has also appeared in several public announcements regarding the disease. Several years ago he testified before Congress to increase  federal funding for research.

At the ago of 76, Alice Black is now residing in a nursing home down south, where her communication skills have diminished .

Terrell wishes very much his grandmother could share his achievements with him and to thank her.

Article by WebMD

An Afro-American Alzheimer Research Study is being conducted at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Keeping Memories Alive. They are looking for participants, click here.

If you would like a loved one honored on our Quilt of Remembrance, in full color print within Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal, please click here. We will gladly mail copies to you and your family.

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The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts here. June 11th, 2011

Join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and nearly 11 million more serving as caregivers, the time to act is now!

When you register for Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you’re joining an unstoppable force of thousands of people who are standing up to this devastating disease.

Our journey starts now. It’s easy to join our team:

Register. It takes just a few minutes online.

Start a team. Participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s is even more fun with a group. Ask your co-workers, family and friends to walk as a team. You’ll be amazed at how many people want to help.

Fundraise. Every Walk to End Alzheimer’s participant is asked to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s Association staff are ready to support you every step of the way with tips, tools and advice.
 
Get Creative. Raise money with our online tools, hold a fundraising event or ask for a donation when you’re face-to-face.
 
Walk! Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a unique experience. See the difference you can make as we walk to change the course of Alzheimer’s together.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, this all age, all-ability walk has mobilized millions to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, raising more than $347 million for the cause. Events are held annually in the fall in nearly 600 communities nationwide.

All Walk to End Alzheimer’s donations benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has a two-year research study and needs your help, click here

Suggested foods may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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An Afro-American research study on Alzheimer’s Disease is underway at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The study is being promoted as Keeping Memories Alive. This 2 year, national education and awareness campaign proposes to educate, and motivate to action, more than 12 million Americans through, multiple media outlets and grassroots community-based efforts. By combining the resources and talents of the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, and research partners, the Keeping Memories Alive Alzheimer’s Project will become an effective model for translating scientific information to the public.

The Keeping Memories Alive Alzheimer’s Project team envisions a proactive and “brain-healthier” world.

African-Americans have a greater risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. To participate in the research study, you must be

  • African-American
  • 60 years of age or older
  • Male or Female
  • With or without memory problems

Finding genes that cause Alzheimer’s Disease and leaning how they interact with factors such as diet and the environment will lead to improved tools for diagnosis and better treatments for the disease.

To enroll, please call the Alzheimer’s Study Coordinators toll free at 1-888-248-2808 or 1-877-686-6444

What are the study facts

  • Participation is voluntary
  • All information is confidential
  • There is no cost to you
  • Your current healthcare or insurance will not be affected
  • Travel is not necessary
  • One may withdraw at any time
  • Research progress will be sent to study participants in periodic newsletters

Additional resources

 

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 Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal will be presenting a brief talk on the various ways art is incorporated into the healing process, for Caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Art is an alternative way to communicate.

 Remember & Honor Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s,

“The Way They Were & the Way They Are Now”

 Thursday November 18th

12-1:30pm

Emerald Event Center 2000 East Wendover Avenue

Create a Cake Catering providing lunch for $13.00

 November is Alzheimer Awareness Month

 Topics to be discussed:

  • Creating a tribute, honoring the life of a loved one with Alzheimer’s-video montages, poetry

  • Benefits of incorporating art therapy in the lives of Alzheimer’s patients. Parts of their brain that deal with colors and composition can still be used and developed and even people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease can continue to create art. A study showed that patients receive pleasure and satisfaction after creating artwork.

Below is a self portrait of an American artist William Utermohlen, 1967

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1995.

Below is his last self portrait in 2000.

A Papercrafting Workshop will be held at the same location December 3rd, Friday evening from 5-11pm to share and create keepsakes for/of our loved ones. More information here. Please RSVP to Diana@justacloudaway.com

My personal story of the day Gram forgot me.

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A Personal Story of a Daughter’s Love

by Rose Mecca

I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to be a Caregiver for my mom, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  She lived with us for almost 8 years.  But I would have NEVER been able to do so without a caring, loving husband who was more of a son than a son-in-law to mom.  Generous siblings greatly aided us in her care by allowing down time by taking mom out for dinners.

 If a person is alone in this process called Care giving, the days seem never-ending.  I can’t imagine the trials and tribulations of the adventure without help.

 When mom first came to live with us, she had not been diagnosed with her illness.  Within 3 months, the unimaginable became reality.  My husband and I accepted the facts as they were and began making changes in our schedules and that of our mother.

 

I think one of the biggest mistakes in the beginning months was not asking for more help from family members and not expressing our frustrations and anxieties dealing with mom.  When we asked for help and were more open, the help was there.  The Alzheimer’s Association was also great in making us aware of the resources available to us.

 

Mom was still volunteering at our local hospital in the beginning, but over time became more and more difficult for her.  She could not remember the directions even with visual aids.  She could no longer follow simple directions at volunteering and had to be monitored constantly.  We suggested that she discontinue her volunteering and she agreed.  She was aware of her memory problems and it was so sad to see.  They loved her at the hospital and to this day tell us how much they miss her smiling face.

This move robbed her freedom while putting more responsibility on us to provide continual activity for her.  She has always had lots of energy but now it was in overdrive.  My husband devised activities for her such as, stringing beads, making 100 piece puzzles or sweeping the sidewalk around our house.  We simply could not find enough to keep her busy.  We were the ones getting exhausted while she never seemed to tire.  She then started to ‘shadow’ us so that when one of us left her vision, she wanted to know where we were. 

After 8 years, placement in a nursing home became necessary.  I cried and still cry when I think of that day when we placed her in her new ‘home’.  I know in my head it was right, but my heart cannot accept that fact.

For anyone in this situation, I would suggest communicating immediately with other family members and taking full advantage of help available for Caregivers.  The Alzheimer’s Association is a wonderful and helpful agency.  Don’t attempt to do it alone and never let your own health suffer while Care giving. 

Looking back, I never regret those years with mom.  Life is more peaceful now for us and for mom.  We do not worry about her.  She is still loved and believes that she is a volunteer in her new home and we all visit her very often.

Granddaughter speaks on Alzheimer’s

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