Re: Mortality / Bowlen / Alzheimers
posted at 7/23/2014 6:06 PM EDT
In response to ATJ's comment:
In response to NCPatsFan1971's comment:
In response to NYC's comment:
It has been over 12 hours since the news of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen's resignation as team president due to Alzheimers Disease has hit the internet. Surprisingly, there has been little activity about it on this site.
I have to admit I am scared. Here is a guy that has been active all his life, been involved, competitive to the nth degree and even he is not strong enough to ward off the onset of Alzheimers Disease! That freaks me out! It had always been my hope that constant activity whether it be physical, intellectual, cultural or interpersonal could ward off the effects of disease like this. Alas, it is not true. We are all vulnerable. Sad to say it though.
Alzheimers is a terrible disease and as fellow human beings we can all have compassion for anyone afflicted with it. I can understand your being scared. But as one of the older people here I must say that I have become extremely aware of my mortality and that too is frightening. However, there is no way for me to stop the clock. Actually I don't want my clock to stop because the day it stops ticking so do I. So rather than worry about it, I would prefer to be grateful for every day that I'm not afflicted with a serious disease and enjoy the rest of my life one day at a time.
I have seen first hand the ravages of Alzheimer's and it is truly a horrible affliction. My wife's aunt was a charming, witty, vibrant woman who was deeply loved by her family. Alzheimer's took her from us long before her heart stopped beating.
When you reach a certain age (and, yes, I'm in the 'certain' category) and recognize that you have more yesterdays than tomorrows life becomes that much more precious and sweet. Plan for the future but live for today.
Indeed....my ex father in law has it and every time he sees my son he thinks it's me and asks him "How are the kids?"....he's almost 90 but is healthy as a horse otherwise...it's a sad disease and it rips my ex up every time she goes to visit him....
Youth is wasted on the young.