Tips now to keep your brain later

I ran across this piece, "How to Save Your Brain" in Psychology Today. Most of it focuses on nutrition, which is good, considering neurologists now believe that dementia is most affected by lifestyle (vs. genes). Here are some of the highlights from this:

Rockin' to the Oldies

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One good day with Lewy Body

Spent the day yesterday with Mum and Dad. Dad is in a great deal of pain with a? Fractured rib. His osteoporosis is severe due to the long term effect of thyroid medication. He is grumpy and feeling poorly. Was wearing his PJ's when I got there at 10.00 not something I have ever known him to do before....more

Scientists show age-related memory loss is reversible

Well, I wanted to make a joke about how I forgot what I was going to write about, but sadly, it's not that far from the truth half the time! At 41, I know that age-related cognitive decline can sneak in at any moment, not to mention that my grandfather had Alzheimer's. And although I know that there are things I can do to fend off age-related congnitive decline (crosswords, brain training, consuming brain foods, exercise), I love to read articles like this that reinforce the idea that memory loss is reversible.
Very interesting post (and link). I just finished reading and commenting on another post about ...more

Just Another Saturday

Hey, I'm back....more

Wretched . . . Pitiful

I sat opposite my father. Clamped my lips to stifle the sob working its way up and out. I gripped my ribs and rocked. My smart daddy.             I glanced at my husband. “He’ll never smile again. Ever.”             I jumped up. Scraped the tears from my cheeks. Pierced my hair with my fingers....more

Overeating in seniors tied to memory loss

A new study tying overeating and memory loss in seniors was recently presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting.The research suggests that older people who overeat might DOUBLE their risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is the stage between normal age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. Here's the study:

Trade Grandma's stationary bike for a Wii to keep her brain strong

You probably already know that exercise is good for the brain. After all, it increases oxygen to the vital organ.But a new study from the Healthy Aging and Neuropsychology Lab and Department of Psychology at the Union College in Schenectady, NY has found that "exergames" beat traditional exercise when it comes to keeping the brain in shape....more

Odd Day

 Odd DayWent to visit his mom today; a brilliant lady, valedictorian of her class, who achieved her Master’s Degree and taught grade school until her late 60′s, retired and sadly as dementia set in, needed to be relocated closer to family....more


Original post at xoxoxo eMy family has always prided itself on their intellectual pursuits. We're all bibliophiles. We love to learn new things. We're perpetual students. So I'm finding it very hard at times to deal with my mom's dementia....more