Staying Active: At Age 77, Alzheimer’s Patient Plans To Explore Loch Ness… By Canoe!

April 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm 3 comments

Loch Ness: Image by Someguy on Stock.Xchng I love people who refuse to give up on their brains. According to a story in Scotland’s Inverness Courier, Mr. John Forsyth, age 77, certainly seems to qualify as one of those fighting spirits.

You see, Mr. Forsyth has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s. And yet, this May, he plans to spend a little more than 3 days paddling  his canoe around Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, about a 50 mile excursion.  He’ll be sticking close to the shore, hoping to get close to the native wildlife, and camping at night.

According to the Courier Article, he’s well aware of the risks, and  has said  “My problems could be the weather, the wind or the sun. I could get heat or sun stroke and there is also my friend Nessie!” 

John is embarking on the challenge to benefit Alzheimer’s Scotland and raise awareness of the disease which affects more and more people each year.  On his fundraising page, he insists “Forget about me, I’m fine” while admitting that “glimmerings of Alzheimer’s are on the horizon.”

And his own brain may benefit as much or more than Alzheimer’s Scotland!  John’s planned excursion around the Loch is just the sort of thing experts believe may to help slow the progression of the disease.  It’s physically active, and provides an enriched, mentally stimulating environment, provides a sense of purpose and meaning, and maintains a sense of connection to the world.

Want to encourage him and show appreciation for the example he’s setting for the rest of us?  Pay a visit to his donation page, where you can leave a message and contribute via PayPal.

And thank you, John, for being an example for the rest of us!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Johnathan  |  April 29, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Nice to see that he’s staying active and not afraid to go off on his own. My father-in-llaw is at a similar stage and people fuss over him all the time, never wanting to leave him along for a minute!

  • 2. John Forsyth  |  May 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Thrilled to see that you are spreading the word. You are absolutely right about a challenge. I am a different man already but I was O.K. before. First ‘training’ day was yesterday – a calm day. Took my time but did Foyers to Dores- 10.5 miles in 6 hours. Superb trip – so lucky to live here – saw so much more – listening to recently arrived Chiff-chaffs, Willow warblers and others. Piped on my journey by Sandpipers – handing me on to the next pair as I travelled along the shore. Fascinating geology as shoreline is mainly cliff faces. Trees coming into leaf, gorgeous – so fresh. Great views and so quiet. Must do another section every third day. Thank you for your complimentary comments.

    Please see for photos,etc

    • 3. Tori Deaux  |  May 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

      Thanks so much for dropping by, John! Great to hear about your first training day, and now I’m off to see the photos!


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