It’s sunny and a pleasant 80 degrees here in Florida. Ginger and I are on our back porch wallowing around in the pure luck of being alive.
We went over to the beach Saturday to hang around with the thousands of motorcyclist who were there for this fall’s big Thunderbeach motorcycle event. Met a lot of nice people and saw some interesting bikes.
Although I no longer ride, once a rider, you never get it outta your blood.
If you’ve followed me at all, you know my two greatest fears of aging are getting dementia or another form of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Two reasons, really:
- I like making my own decisions
- I don’t want anyone burdened with looking after me
Due to the aging process, I’ve already lost some energy, stamina and speed. I’d just as soon not lose my mind, too.
Take the sad case of Malcolm Young:
is was the rhythm guitarist for my all-time favorite “Rock ‘N Roll” band, ACDC. He and his younger brother, Angus, started the Sydney, Australia, band in 1973.
So far, they’ve sold over 200 million albums.
Malcolm’s family confirmed, over the weekend, that he has dementia and is confined to a hospital. To read more Click Here
Those close to the band are saying that if you exit Young’s room in a 24-hour care facility and come right back, he won’t remember you…”
The doctors think Malcolm got dementia after having a stroke last year. If they’re right, he most likely has vascular dementia.
Vascular dementia occurs after a stroke. And, is the second most common type of dementia. More Here
According to Alzheimer’s Australia,
…dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.” Dementia can be caused by degenerative conditions or sudden illnesses resulting from trauma, such as infection…”
Many people think dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are one and the same. They’re not. You can read a post that I wrote about this fallacy, when you Click Here
AcDC is set to release 17th album in Dec. 2014, with Malcolm’s nephew, Stevie Young, playing rhythm guitar. Stevie will also play with the band when they tour to support the album.
I can’t hear any ACDC song without immediately feeling better about the whole universe and stuff. I get a kick outta being able to tell who they are within hearing the first two notes of almost any of their songs.
With Phil Rudd on drums and Cliff Williams (who replaced original bass player, Mark Evans, in 1977) on bass, they lay down the best bottom line in Rock history. Period.
Although I get itchy feet from songs like Dirty Deeds, Hells Bells, TNT, Thunderstruck, and any song with Bon Scott singing lead, my favorite ACDC song is still Have A Drink On Me.
Live in Rio, 1985
Legendary drinker, Malcolm Young, wrote all the lyrics for that song. Lyrics, which according to his band mates, he can no longer remember.
Yeah, I don’t ever want any part of dementia…
Tell me your favorite ACDC song in the comments below.
FYI: Alzheimer’s Help Line: 1.800.272.3900. Online at: Alzheimer’s Help
Talk to you later, until then, take care of yourself and don’t forget to make the most outta it, what ever IT is.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…