Category: Brain

My Mom Had Dementia – Will I?

We can’t help but ask ourselves this question. It’s part of our journey to analyze the way our parents brought us up (or left us) and the impact of genetics on our lives. My mom died in 2014. She was diagnosed with dementia, a mild case of Alzheimer’s and used an inhaler when her smoke-filled lungs wouldn’t let her cross the room. I miss her so much. I’ve apologized for so many things since she’s left, and have cried many a time when I couldn’t pick up the phone to hear her voice.

I certainly wondered if dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease were hereditary. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, most experts believe that the majority of Alzheimer’s disease occurs as a result of complex interactions among genes and other risk factors. Age, family history and heredity are all risk factors we can’t change. But please ladies, remain hopeful!

Research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors we may be able to influence through general lifestyle and wellness choices and effective management of other health conditions. This short video will give you a free, 3-minute exercise to dramatically lower your risk. He’s not an actor so be patient OK?

Some of the strongest evidence links brain health to heart health. This connection makes sense, because the brain is nourished by one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels, and the heart is responsible for pumping blood through these blood vessels to the brain. Conditions that damage the heart and blood vessels, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are high risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

There are wellness choices you can make to influence the genetic, family history and age risk factors. Please read my article Exercise Your Mental Health for wellness choices and…

Thrive! OK?

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers/risk-factors

Find Joy in Your Life – Live Longer and Feel Better

Find Joy in Your Life – Live Longer and Feel Better

find joy in your life live longer and feel betterTo find joy in your life, to live longer and feel better, you need only to stop chasing the impossible. The quest for longer life has fascinated mankind for centuries. From the search to find the fountain of youth to creating Frankensteins to cryogenics, we’ve looked. On any given day, you can see advertisements to for products to extend life. From special diets to supplements, from medical procedures to exercise regimens, you can see it all. Yet somewhere in the fray, perhaps the most effective formula for life extension has been pushed to the back-burner. Continue reading…

The Best Brain Health Supplements – 6 Legitimate Choices

There are few things as unnerving as experiencing the serious memory lapses that come with age. While young people may be forgetful, needing to retrace their steps to jog their memory isn’t necessary. It’s a totally different story for those advancing in age. The best brain health supplements becomes a topic we search for. We begin to experience the possibility or threat of losing our memory forever. It’s only natural to yearn for a supplement that will help to prevent mental decline. Continue reading…

What Is Fibromyalgia and What Causes It?

If you are asking the question, “What is fibromyalgia and what causes it,” than chances are your concern is close to home. Fibromyalgia is defined as a chronic disorder which negatively affects the mind and body. It can devastate an active lifestyle and is characterized by overwhelming fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and much more.what-is-fibromyalgia

The exact medical translation of the term fibromyalgia is “pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons.” However, if you suffer from fibromyalgia, you will know that this definition falls far short of explaining the range of effects the condition causes you.

Difficult to Diagnose

Searching for a diagnosis and relief from the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be frustrating. You may experience a long journey of medical tests to rule out other conditions such as lupus, thyroid and arthritis.

The pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia may vary at times. Continue reading…

Women Aging Gracefully – 6 Examples of the Upside of Aging

Women Aging Gracefully – The Upside of Aging

women-aging-gracefullyGetting older as a woman can be a real downer (everything seems to be going down…). Women aging gracefully is a popular Google search and for good reason. We want to know how to do it as everything seems to be falling….. Almost every single day, you can come across an article or blog post addressing all the things that can go wrong as you age. I’ve written about some on this site! But I have purposed to balance them with providing upsides too! Yes, there are a few! I’m not going to try and pass growing older off as a magical experience, but some real good times are there for you to experience if you’ll take the time to look. Here are a few: Continue reading…

Depression and Fatigue – Fatigue and Depression

Depression and Fatigue 

Depression and fatigue are companions. It is hard to hear, but depression is a mental illness. It sounds so severe. But we need to call it what it is. Just like a cold is a physical illness, depression is a mental illness. And just as a cold is a common physical illness, depression іѕ a соmmоn mental illness.woman-statue-depression-and-fatigue

Fatigue is one оf іtѕ mаjоr symptoms. Pеорlе mау hаvе fatigue related tо depression thаt mаkеѕ іt dіffісult tо раrtісіраtе іn dаіlу асtіvіtіеѕ. Evеn those who hаvе bееn treated fоr depression mау hаvе оngоіng fаtіguе. Selective ѕеrоtоnіn rеuрtаkе іnhіbіtоrѕ (wow right? let’s say drugs) соmmоnlу uѕеd tо trеаt depression tend nоt tо mаkе you mоrе fаtіguеd, but іt dоеѕn’t аlwауѕ lift fatigue associated wіth this соndіtіоn. Continue reading…

10 Keys to Healthy Aging

10 Keys to Healthy Aging

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We are faced with decisions throughout our lives, and sometimes we don’t see the fruit of those decisions until later on in life. Unless we were taught or came upon healthy aging tips in our younger days, we often end up in ‘eraser’ mode. Erase those lines! … and those spots! Erase those inches and saggy skin! You get it… and if you’re noticing these things, fret not! You’re not alone… and it’s never too late to make some positive changes. Again, these keys are being presented, but it’s your decision. Choose life!

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Food For Brain Health – Is Organic for Better or Worse?

Food For Brain Health

food for brain healthFood for brain health is a concept being studied by many institutions these days. As we age, we become increasingly aware of the changes in our brain function, especially memory. For me, it gets a little scary when I can’t remember what I wanted to tell someone just seconds ago. Where do these words and thoughts go? My children would say over and over, “But Mom! I JUST told you!” It’s tough for others to understand that you can forget that quickly. I try my best to laugh it off, make jokes, and get on with the show; but in reality, deep down… it bothers me a great deal, especially because my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease before her death in 2013. I am inspired to take some action to improve my brain health and will share whatever I find with you. Today I will start with food for brain health. Continue reading…

Why Laughter Is Important

Why Laughter Is Important

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that laughter іѕ the best mеdісіnе… well thеrе’ѕ plenty оf еvіdеnсе to back it up. Here are some of the physical health benefits and reasons why laughter is important. LAUGHTER…..

• Boosts іmmunіtуwhy laughter is important
• Lоwеrѕ ѕtrеѕѕ hоrmоnеѕ
• Dесrеаѕеѕ раіn
• Relaxes your muѕсlеѕ
• Prеvеntѕ hеаrt disease

 

Why Laughter Is Important for Mental Health…

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What Are the Symptoms of a Vitamin D Deficiency?

what are the symptoms of a vitamin d deficiencyChances are you are asking the question, “What are the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency?” because you suspect you may have one. Getting 100% of our daily recommended vitamins is so important at this time in our lives ladies, and Vitamin D is essential!

First, let’s take a look at what Vitamin D does for us. From an early age, Vitamin D iscrucial to bone (and teeth) development because it helps the bones to absorb calcium from food. Later in life, it helps to prevent brittle bones and fractures. How many times have you heard that an over 50 person broke their hip? If you get regular check-ups, your doctor is going to recommend taking calcium supplements, but Vitamin D is crucial to the absorption of the calcium. The proper amount of Vitamin D may also optimize your immune system and decrease your chances for heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Continue reading…