Alzheimer's research must remain a priority
Alzheimer's has always been a part of my life. I'm in my 40s, but I've been a caregiver since the age of 10, when I stepped in to help care for my grandma who was living with Alzheimer's so my grandpa could have a break. When my dad was diagnosed with the disease, I lived with my parents to help my mom care for him. My grandma and dad have since passed, and I'm now caring for my grandpa full time.
Despite the struggles my family has faced, I find hope in Alzheimer's and dementia research, especially since the disease runs in my family.
During the recent Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2019, leading scientists from more than 50 countries reported on new research, including causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
As a caregiver for one of the 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer's, I know how important research is to improving the quality of life for people living with the disease and to someday finding a cure.
If no treatment is found within the next 20 years, I'm likely to be diagnosed just like my father, grandmother and her siblings. Research is vital. It's terrifying to think that my niece could be in the next generation of victims.
In recent years, Congress has made funding Alzheimer's and dementia research a priority. As we've seen from the research presented at the conference, when we invest in research, we gain valuable insights. That is why the investment must continue.
Please join me and the Alzheimer's Association in urging Sens. Mike Braun and Todd Young, and Rep. Jim Banks to support a $350 million increase in Alzheimer's research funding at the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2020.
To learn more and take action, visit alz.org/get-involved-now/advocate/become_an_advocate.
CHEERS to the man playing the saxophone during the Barr Street Market on July 27. I wish I had stayed and listened longer.
Exercise caution while driving among bicyclists
I love bicycling on the Rivergreenway and have ridden much of it. The new Pufferbelly Trail is delightful. I prefer greenway riding to road riding, as it is safer.
However, the safety of getting to the greenway is a problem. Drivers seem to be oblivious of the rules of the road vis-a-vis pedestrians/cycling traffic.
On July 23, on two occasions, my cycling partner and I were nearly run over by discourteous/oblivious drivers.
At Coldwater and Cook roads, a northbound car turning east failed to stop at the light before turning right. Fortunately, she had her window down and heard our screams.
At Old Auburn Road and North Clinton Street, a right-turning car saw us and continued to turn into us. He was the third car to turn right on red, ignoring us.
When I drive, I always give way to cyclists and pedestrians. People on bikes or walking are vulnerable and no match for cars. I strongly encourage drivers to share the road. Drivers turning right on red need to pay attention to pedestrians/cyclists crossing in front of them. Pay attention. Slow down. Save a life.