I agree with Bill Gates – Let’s Cure Alzheimer’s

Recently, Bill Gates pledged fifty million dollars of his own money in a quest to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Mr. Gates cited the growing economic and emotional toll Alzheimer’s has on families worldwide for the reason for his contribution.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2017 Americans spent $259 billion caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The Alzheimer’s Association also estimates that you have a nearly 50 percent chance of developing the disease if you live into your mid-80s. Research indicates African Americans and Latinos are more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer’s.

I am certain many of you reading this post know of a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s.

In my family both of my grandmothers and an aunt have died of complications from Alzheimer’s. My mother is in the final stages of a decade long battle with the disease which has now also gripped two of her sisters.

As Mr. Gates noted despite the increase in disease scientists have yet to figure out what exactly causes Alzheimer’s or how to stop the disease from destroying the brain.

Finding A Cure – Three Things We Can We Do?

The 50 million given by Mr. Gates will go to the Dementia Discovery Fund a private fund working to diversify the clinical pipeline for Alzheimer’s treatment.

While you and I may not be able to drop 50 million we can become part of drive for a cure. Check out three things we can do.

One: Inform Yourself About Alzheimer’s

Our friends at Alzheimers.net have a wonderful infographic that you can share on your favorite social media site — simply use the one-click buttons at the top of the page. The infographic includes effective ways you can join the fight against the disease, from joining clinical trials to writing your congressperson. We hope you’ll find it a great tool for raising awareness. And, after learning and sharing, it’s just one more step to start doing.

Two: Participate in National Memory Screening

The National Memory Screening event aims to provide free memory tests with the goal of early detection and treatment for those showing signs of cognitive impairment. You can be a source of encouragement and strength for friends, family and loved ones simply by participating, but if you would like to do more to raise awareness, host or visit a site near you. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America provides the materials, and you locate a willing health care professional to administer the testing. Visit their website for more information.

Three: Make a Donation to an Alzheimer’s Organization

There are truly so many ways to donate, and there are numerous opportunities listed on the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America web pages, if you need a place to start. You can simply donate money online and it will go towards the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but there are other ways to donate, too — you can donate stock or an old car and receive some tax benefits to boot; you can donate to the cause of a participant in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s; you can plan a bequest in your will; and much more.

It’s Time For A Cure

Alzheimer’s is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States and it is the only one without any meaningful treatments that are reversing the trend.

Bill Gates knows that a person with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia spends five times more every year out-of-pocket on healthcare than a senior without a neurodegenerative condition.

Bill Gates knows that unlike those with many chronic diseases, people with Alzheimer’s incur long-term care costs as well as direct medical expenses that will last for decades.

Bill Gates knows how difficult it is to watch a loved ones suffer from cognitive decline and slowly disappear.

I agree with Bill Gates, let’s cure Alzheimer’s

Marben Bland, is the pastor of Hall Chapel and Mitchell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sparta, Georgia and is the Chairperson for the Handcock Health Improvement Partnership. Read more of his posts at www.marbenbland.com

Welcome To The Wonderful World of Failure

Starbucks Cup

In 1971, Starbucks opened its first store in Seattle. The coffee supplies and machinery store was a total disaster.  The failure was attributed the one big thing that the owners at that time did wrong.  Incredibly, the first Starbucks did not sell coffee.

Starbucks …welcome to the wonderful world of failure!

Bill GatesBill Gates’ first entry in the business world was in 1972 as owner of a company called Traf-O-Data.  The aim of the company was to read raw data from roadway traffic counters and then create reports for traffic engineers.

Gates’ product barely worked.  Hardly anyone bought it and the company soon went under.

Bill Gates… welcome to the wonderful world of failure!

Oprah Winfrey was fired shortly after landing a coveted co-anchor spot inOprah Winfrey Baltimore. Her boss, at the time, said that she was a complete failure and was not fit for television.

Oprah Winfrey…welcome to the wonderful world of failure!

The Wonderful World of Failure

Logo2Some of the greatest companies, institutions and people in history have been failures at one time.

God recognizes that all of us live in the wonderful world of failure.

 

God’s word, in James 3:2, addresses human mistakes and failures.

“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.”

Why Do We Fail?

FailureOur failures arise from bad choices. Our failures arise from not following our goals.  Our failures arise from the inability to understand the market place.

However, most often our failures arise when we distance ourselves from God.  We fail when we rely on our own strength and stray away from God’s teaching and path for our lives.

Therefore, we must return to God’s way by taking our cues from Luke.15:18 and say, as the prodigal son said after his failure:

I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you.”

How To Handle Failure

Mary PickfordThe most important thing is how we handle failure. The Canadian actress, Mary Pickford, reportedly said “To fall is not to fail, unless you fail to get up again”. The Bible also has something to say about this.  These are the words of the wise man Solomon:

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked”. Proverbs 24:16  

Final Thoughts: Welcome to the wonderful world of success!

God knows that we will fail.  He has been helping his children recoverThe road to sucessfrom all types of failures.  And guess what?  He can help you and me recover as well.  For a saint is just a sinner who fell down…and got up.

Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

January 2015Welcome to January! How are your New Year’s resolutions going? A recent Gallop survey indicates that nearly 90% of all New Year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January.

So, how do you make your resolutions stick? It may sound crazy; but, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey don’t make any resolutions. Instead they make goals.

Goals can transform those vague, often unattainable resolutions into solid actionable plans that become real and attainable.

The goal of this post is to build the case for goal making; enabling you to make those New Year’s Resolutions Stick.

The Case For Setting Goals

  1. Goals Makes Things Happen

Written goals with a target date for accomplishment is the catalyst for making things happen.

Resolution: I want to find a new job.

Goal: I will find a new job by September 1, 2015.

A written goal with an accomplishment date is an external representation of your inner desires. It is a constant reminder of what you need to accomplish.

 2, Goals Bring Focus to Dreams

Dreams are a powerful force in our lives. New Year’s Resolutions are a direct by product of our vision for a better future.

However, dreams and resolutions lack the focus needed to make them happen. Goals can bring that focus.

Dream/Resolution: “I want to find a new job.”

Goal: I will have a new job by September 1, 2015. The job will be within 40 miles of my current home and will pay at least 90K.

Notice how much more focused the goal statement is and it gives the dream a fighting chance to be accomplished.

  1. Goals Trump Failure  

Resolutions are normally an all or nothing proposition. Almost 90% of our sincere attempts at improvement ends in disappointment.

Goal setting provides a safety net against the mayhem that will accompany our efforts when we fail. By establishing a target it allows us opportunity to simply readjust, recommit and move on. A luxury that the all or nothing resolution cannot give us.

Look at the chart below. A goal and target date has been set. The chart shows how the resolution of finding a job is doing one month later.

Job Goal 1

Goal charting is an excellent way to stay on track and to readjust our goals when things go wrong.

  1. Goals Can Bring Help

Going solo is a big reason for the failure of many resolutions.

For example look at this resolution: “I will exercise more this year.” The nature of this resolution “I”, has the “go it alone” approach. This resolution is already doomed for failure.

Take a look at the next goal chart. We will take this one a few steps further. We have included others; which will increase the likelihood of accomplishing our goal.

Exercise Goal2

The simple act of taking the resolution and detailing the steps needed for accomplishment will provide the help we need.

  1. Goals Are S.M.A.R.T

The hardest part of converting a resolution into a goal is writing it. The most effective goals are SMART. A SMART goal is should be specific and measurable. It should also be attainable, relevant and time based. Click on this link to use the S.M.A.R.T chart as a way to get started in writing goals that will stick.

In 2015 Your Resolutions Will Stick!  

Henry David Thoreau said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Our resolutions are dreams. We imagine a better life than we are living now; but, it is up to us to successfully bring those images to existence. Get the confidence you need. Make your resolutions stick by turning them into goals that will be accomplished.

©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland

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Marben Bland is a certified project manager, steeped in Six Sigma and Lean methodologies. His unique background in the military, business and the faith community gives him the experience, plus the credibility to obtain results for you in a wide range of consulting, training and speaking assignments.

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