If a gift falls in the forest...

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is near enough to hear it, does it make a sound?If a gift falls into the hands of someone who immediately forgets she's received it, does it make an impact?I have to admit I have to remind myself that there is joy in giving, that it's better to give than to receive, that I should give wholeheartedly expecting nothing in return. And, yet, I struggle in giving my mother gifts, even the gifts of a phone call or visit. It takes so much out of me, gives her nothing but confusion and, perhaps, a moment of joy. Or so it seems....more

Life with Dementia

My name is Erin and I have a mother who is suffering from Dementia. Recently she has been diagnosed as Dementia WITH Parkinsons. As if life wasn't already hard enough.I write about tips on my regular blog but I wanted to write something for Blog Her. I don't know if there are others who have time to read about caregiving. Most of us are busy 24/7 trying to make sure our parents or loved ones are comfortable. ...more

This is your brain on ... rosemary vs. lavender

Finally - a scientific study on the effects of rosemary on memory! Among the holistic/alternative crowd, rosemary has been known/rumored to have memory-enhancing properties. But few researchers in the scientific community had done much to test the herb to confirm it's attributes.But researchers at Northumbria University recently did a test to see if rosemary essential oil could benefit future memory, and they tested it against lavender oil....more

2 Drugs found to HALT brain degeneration

I'd say it's pretty big news: Researchers have figured out that two licensed drugs have been shown (on mice) to actually HALT brain degeneration. Besides the obviously reason, this is also good news because the drugs are already safe and well-tolerated. That means researchers can start doing trials rather than waiting for drugs to be approved....more

11 Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy

June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and this article offers some good tips on keeping your brain healthy.http://www.dailyprogress.com/lifestyles/tips-for-keeping-your-brain-heal...Some are more obvious (eating a healthy diet) but some are less so. for example, some studies have linked depression to an increased risk of dementia. Here are the 10 plus one of my own:1. Do some cardio to increase blood flow to the brain.2. Take a class. Learning new things helps keep the brain healthy....more

Stroke ages your brain 8 years overnight

In a study of 4,900 seniors (African American and Caucasian) over 65 investigators found that stroke significantly lowered their score on a 27-item test of memory and thinking speed. How much? As if they had aged 7.9 years overnight!It's interesting to note that there were no racial differences regarding the effects of stroke, although other studies on cognitive decline have shown found significant differences. Specifically, the rates of cognitive problems in older non-Hispanic Caucasians are half those of older African Americans....more