Category Archives: Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program


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UCLA introduces a new Alzheimer’s and dementia care program that targets the needs of the patient as well as those of the caregiver who often is a family member.

The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program will have three main components: creation of a dementia registry; a needs assessment of patients listed in the registry; and individualized dementia care plans based on those assessments.

Click on this link to watch a short introductory video on this exciting program.

 

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Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging!


Are you getting enough Omega-3s in your diet? Studies continue to report that diets rich in Omega-3s may help protect the brain against aging. Read more here….

 

Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study.

Brain Boosters-Split States


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Welcome! You must be here as you are ready for some stimulating and challenging brain fitness activities designed to help you build that cognitive reserve and stave off dementia or Alzheimer’s!  Here is a fun and different brain exercise that is designed to target the areas of thought organization, executive function,  and attention/focus. This brain game is  for all ages to enjoy. Just yesterday a group of seniors had a blast with this activity, as I know you will too. Remember, your brain just like your body requires exercise to maintain optimal level  health and fitness.

Ready? Hidden within this string of letters you will find the names of 3 U.S States. You must use all the letters and not change the order of any of the letters. The names of the states are in the correct order-not scrambled. Have fun while exercising your brain!

 

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Decaffeinated coffee may boost brain metabolism and functions: Mouse Study


Looking to boost your brain power without caffeine? Did you know that decaf coffee may provide a memory boost and improved brain function? Read the article here.

 

Decaffeinated coffee may boost brain metabolism and functions: Mouse Study.

Brain Boosters-Anagrams for February


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Have you ever challenged your brain with anagrams? Anagrams are another great brain exercise to help build your cognitive reserve. Yes, anagrams are anti aging for the brain promoting brain health and fitness.  Anagrams are fun for people of all ages- kids, teens, young adults, sandwich generation, baby boomers, and seniors of course! Anagrams target the cognitive areas of problem solving, reasoning, executive function, memory, and vocabulary. Before you attempt these dementia fighting, anti Alzheimer’s Disease mentally stimulating brain exercises, let’s be sure everyone knows what anagrams are.  Beginning with a single word, your challenge is to rearrange all the letters and form new words. You may form more than one word with the letters provided all the letters are used. Here is an example. If  BRAIN is the starter word, rearrange the letters to form the words: RAN BI. I think you get the point. Enjoy, laugh, take a deep breath, grab a healthy snack and drink,  sit back relax and get ready to challenge yourself. Let’s promote mental fitness, mental stimulation, healthy aging, health and wellness, longevity, and brain health. So, here’s to your brain.

Try anagrams for the following list of words. Create as many new word combinations as you can!

VALENTINE

CHOCOLATES

FLOWERS

ROMANTIC

KINDNESS

HAPPINESS

PRESENTS

CELEBRATION

SURPRISES

SWEETHEARTS

Healthy brain wiring in adults depends on iron levels in adolescence, study


Study from UCLA links healthy adult brain wiring to iron levels from teenage years. A lack of iron consumption in earlier years may lead to changes within areas of the brain that are linked to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet throughout your lifetime is more important than ever! Read the article here!

 

 

Healthy brain wiring in adults depends on iron levels in adolescence, study.

New Year’s Resolutions or Perhaps Goals?


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Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. Wow, 2011 continues to fly by even up to the very end.  I hope it has been as great a year for you as it has been for me! As I evaluate my accomplishments and challanges of this year, I am planning for next year. That leads me to the question, “Should we make a New Year’s  resolution or develop goals for the new year?”  When I searched  the definitions of these words as a comparison, the results were interesting. The definition of resolution is- a formal expression of  opinion or intention made, usually after voting,  by a formal organization, a legislature, or other group. The definition of goal is- the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end. Opinion verses result or achievement with effort? I vote that we all develop  New Year’s goals! We tend to write our goals down which then holds us accountable. Goals are measurable and objective. Keep in mind that goals can and need to be updated and amended regularly to help us attain our goals and achieve success.  So why not begin now by starting a goal sheet for 2012? You have nothing to lose-only goals to achieve!

If you need some suggestions for some 2012 goals, let me help. Try to make 2012 the  year you take charge of your health and life. There are so many things we can do to promote healthy living, longevity, anti-aging, healthy aging, and the list continues.  Begin by setting a goal of 30 minutes of exercise each day-even just walking is beneficial to your health. It’s all about getting up and moving-get off the couch! If 30 minutes a day seems overwhelming, begin with 3 times a week and increase it to 5 days per week, until you hit 6- 7 days per week.  By committing to physical exercise, your brain reaps benefits too! You will gain increased blood flow throughout your body and brain which helps maintain brain health and cognition.

Speaking of  brain health, we all need to include a goal addressing our brain fitness and maintenance. Make a goal to stimulate  and improve your brain power  by learning something new and challenging your brain. Build and make new brain connections through neuroplasticity or brain plasticity. Researchers continue to uncover more amazing  discoveries about the brain and its ability to form new neural or learning pathways.  Remember, memory loss with decreased brain function does not have to be a part of the normal aging process!  We are never too young to begin building our cognitive reserve or too old for new learning! It’s all about introducing  and learning new things.  If you have never tried anagrams, scrambled words, crossword puzzles,  or other word games than these are great brain exercises to try as you commit to  exercise your brain.

Of course, how can I not discuss the benefits of a healthy diet?  There are numerous health benefits by just avoiding processed foods. Processed foods contain preservatives and hidden salt, neither provide health benefits but rather can increase blood pressure and increase your risk for certain cancers, Alzheimer’s  and other diseases. Instead, take advantage of  spices that have health benefits. Try using garlic, rosemary, basil, oregano, turmeric, paprika, black  pepper, cinnamon, thyme, ginger, red peppers,  cloves, coriander, and white pepper. Did you know that some of the most delicious foods have health benefits? Add these to your diet-dark chocolate, walnuts, almonds, blueberries, strawberries, greek yogurt, Alaskan or Pacific salmon, cashews, oats, apples, bananas, cranberries, broccoli, avocados, olive oil-preferably first cold pressed, artichokes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, leafy green vegetables. I’m sure most of us should increase our consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nuts. By consuming fresh fruits, vegetables,  fish, lean meats, healthy fats,  and dairy we also increase our intake of vitamins and minerals essential for health.

Why not schedule a well check up with your physician? Discuss your diet-honestly, and review your vitamins and supplements as well. Have some blood tests run-how is your vitamin D, what about your B vitamins? Lots to do as you become your own health advocate and take control of your health and life!

Let’s discuss beverages. Do you drink enough water? Water is essential to keep our bodies and brains functioning properly. After you’ve consumed your water, try some green, white, or black tea and/or coffee. All  of these have documented health benefits, and decaf is fine if you need to limit your caffeine intake.  An excellent goal for 2012 could be to decrease and then eliminate your consumption of soda! There are no nutritional benefits and research is now indicating that diet soda may be more harmful than regular. That brings us back to water, tea, coffee, juice that’s 100% juice without any added sugar, and milk.

I believe I’ve outlined several good goals to get you started for 2012. Now it’s up to you to adapt these goals to make them yours. Make 2012- Your Year of  Health and Wellness! I wish you a year of good health, longevity, wealth, and happiness!

Curcumin and Indian gooseberry to feature in new Alzheimer’s trials


English: Curcumin Polski: Kurkumina

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Scientists researching the prevention  Alzheimer’s Disease to release study results late 2012. This double-blind randomized study involves 150 human participants. Stay tuned!

Curcumin and Indian gooseberry to feature in new Alzheimer’s trials.

Natural red food dye shows potential Alzheimer’s benefits: Study


Have you ever heard of Orcein?  According to researchers in Germany this natural red food dye combined with a related molecule O4  may help combat memory loss and diminished cognitive functions associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. The research team believes that this combination of Orcein and O4 may help eliminate the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease that destroy the brain.  The researchers are hopeful their findings will continue to spur more research.

 

Natural red food dye shows potential Alzheimer’s benefits: Study.

Human data on memory-boosting magnesium compound expected mid-2012


Human data on memory-boosting magnesium compound expected mid-2012.

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