Daily Archives: February 7, 2011

Brain Boosters-Love Your Anagrams!

The origin of the anagram Alan Smithee

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Try your hand at some new anagrams!  I just can’t get enough of these myself! These are really such fun and great for your brain! You can do these by yourself, with a group, or compete against others. Whichever way you prefer, it really doesn’t matter as long as you work that brain.

By the way, have you exercised today? If not, don’t stress as the day isn’t over. Go take a walk. Medical professionals now recommend we each strive to walk 10,000 steps each day. I’ve hit mine-how about you? Everyone must incorporate some type of exercise into their life in order to achieve longevity and healthy again!  Physical exercise gets the blood flowing and circulating and that’s good for your brain and brain health.

I have my cup of green tea so yourself  grab a cup of green tea, coffee,  or hot cocoa with some spiced or plain walnuts, almondsdark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds-yummy, apple slices with cinnamon, strawberries, or blueberries and let’s workout. Remember, anagrams are a great brain exercise and they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost those brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office co-workers and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!












Alzheimer’s Disease-How Much Do You Really Know?

Logo of Alzheimer's Society.

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What do think of when you  hear the dreaded words-Alzheimer’s Disease? What kind of visual image comes to mind? Do you think of someone in your family, or perhaps a family friend? I am sure we all know someone who has been affected by this disease. Alzheimer’s Disease does not discriminate and can even affect people under the age of 35.

I have finished reviewing the 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures and would like to highlight some information for you to consider. Some of these statistics are mind boggling, disturbing, and just shocking. Honestly, even I was quite surprised by some of this information.

Let’s begin with this. In the United States:

5.3 million people have Alzheimer’s

it’s the 7th leading cause of death

annual costs are 172 BILLION DOLLARS

10.9 million unpaid caregivers

Read those again as these are truly sobering statistics!

Did you know that 1 in 8 people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s? Currently, every 70 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s, and by 2050 it will be every 33 seconds.

Now, let’s look at some information about the caregivers. There are basically paid and unpaid caregivers, sandwich generation caregivers. If you’re not familiar with the term sandwich generation, it’s those people or families who are caring for a parent or parents while still caring for children living at home. Many of these sandwich generation caregivers continue to hold down jobs as well. Can you imagine how difficult and stressful this is?  Caregiving activities may include shopping, medication management, meal preparation, dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, managing finances, and the list continues. Some of these caregivers are responsible for performing almost all the activities of daily living (ADLs) for these Alzheimer’s patients. Just imagine how this affects the caregivers.

In 2009, the estimated economic value of the care provided by the family and other unpaid caregivers was $144 billion. This translates to 12.5 billion hours of care valued at a rate of $11.50 per hour. For 2009 the U.S. totals were staggering!  The number of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers was 10,987,887. There were 12,513,005,548 hours of unpaid care valued at $143,899,563,806!

There is nothing kind about Alzheimer’s Disease. It affects the entire family and can create tremendous amounts of stress and hardship. It’s crucial for the caregivers, spouses, children, and others close to the person with Alzheimer’s  reach out to others, join support groups, seek counseling, get help, find an outlet for your own stress. Remember, you are not alone! Take advantages of the many available resources! We should all continue to learn as much as we can about this disease and support research efforts.

A recent study reported that walking 6-9 miles per week will decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s. Again, the importance of exercise and diet only helps us achieve our ultimate goal of maintaining a long, healthy life while aging in place! So, get busy-exercise your body, fuel it properly, and exercise your brain! What do you have to lose?

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