Category Archives: Brain Health

Announcement: Living Well with Alzheimer’s

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We all want to live well, but how can that happen when tragedy strikes? In 2011 my wife Cindy and I began our “early retirement” years, brought about through Cindy’s early onset Alzheimer’s. This blog shares our experiences of living … Continue reading

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Thankful for Much

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Our trips down the stairs best reveals Cindy’s physical decline over time. She has gone through several stages. First her balance went, then her muscle strength. More recently her legs do not function to bend or straighten when they should. … Continue reading

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“This time it will be forever”

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I laid awake the morning after Halloween reflecting on how things have changed. Once upon a time, during these caregiver days, I would say “I love you” to Cindy when I woke up and her response would be a contented … Continue reading

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A Shot in the Dark

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This week I am about to go against my own advice. Recent research revealing a strong correlation between spirochetes and Alzheimer’s prompted this. I’ve maintained that oxidative stress is the direct cause of dementia symptoms and that prevention is the … Continue reading

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How Projects Maintain a Caregiver’s Sanity

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I had a rare evening out last week; “out” means outside on our porch, where I worked on a project board. Projects are one of my wellness strategies. I find them to be a useful distraction from both my personal … Continue reading

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The Hug Is Mightier Than the Pen

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I absolutely cannot afford to be angry. Two people are dependent on my wellness, which in turn depends on refraining from anger. I am most aware of the links between anger and cognitive decline, but the health impacts of anger … Continue reading

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Can Kindness Change the World?

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I am composing a symphony to raise funds and awareness for brain health and wellness research. “Can kindness change the world?” is the opening lyric to the Kindness Movement for that symphony. A first draft for this movement’s slideshow is … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Titles

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I recently came across two different titles reporting on the same Alzheimer’s research. Each title carries a different meaning; neither hints at the likely meaning. The research involved lifestyle interventions with people taking the Alzheimer’s drug memantine. The people with … Continue reading

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Wellness Pyramid – The Lifestyle

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The Wellness Pyramid represents an entire lifestyle. Unlike many medical treatments, this lifestyle offers additional benefits rather than potential side effects. The drawback is the greater commitment required to adopt an entire lifestyle. This last installment for Alzheimer’s and Brain … Continue reading

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Wellness Pyramid – Brain Enhancement

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Exercise is centrally located in the wellness pyramid because it does it all. The endorphins will help with Contentment; the antioxidant defense system will help with Brain Maintenance; the brain-derived neurotrophic factor will help with Brain Enhancement. Exercise alone will … Continue reading

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