Brain Fitness: Can physical exercise really improve your memory?

We don’t train to just lose weight… physical training has a more returns than we invest…

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Short answer … Yes.  An article on my CNN phone app caught my attention yesterday. Titled, “It’s time to get your brain in shape”, it included a list of things you can do daily to keep your brain sharp. You won’t be surprised that one of them was physical exercise. Still, it’s easier to associate improved brain function with mental exercise and a healthy diet. How does physical exercise make a difference, even in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease? The CNN article states that, “exercise enhances the growth and survival of new neurons in the hippocampus – a region of the brain essential for long-term memory – which may be able to replace others that degenerate as a result of the disease.” So read that again … exercise can replace memory neurons that degenerate. So it’s not just preventative, it’s restorative!

For you science geeks interested in…

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Moving to Mbakutuka Komapando

or twenty years; “I want tobacco from Sesfontein” was simply her way of asking (begging) for water and food. Ndjinaa now was way cleverer than I realized. She lead me step by step to tell me that we were all so busy building and moving that we did not offer her or Kaputu any water.

Hogewey “Dementia Village” | The Future of Dementia Care?

Indeed… wouldn’t this be great! Maybe this is where our ‘Dementia Village’ will one day end? 🙂

michele brenna

I LOVE this and would want this for myself, should I need it. It is brilliant and I appreciate the nurses who came up with it. More than anything, it is a LOVING AND BEAUTIFUL way to honor those with dementia. It offers the most DIGNIFIED way of living for dementia patients that I have ever seen. ❤

Hogewey “Dementia Village” | The Future of Dementia Care?.

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ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE?

This is a great blog to follow… for everyone who has just discovered that they have Alzheimer’s and for everyone who knows someone with Alzheimer’s Disease… An incredible look into the life of someone walking this road..

Was this my Mother's Journey?

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It’s been said that aging and retiring are the “Golden Years.”  You should embrace them, be free, travel, and enjoy the grandkids.  If you’re lucky at my age you’re retired – living the dream.  Retiring because you want to is so much different that retiring when you HAVE to.  Oh, I still enjoy that I get to sleep as long as I want but I miss not renewing my nursing license since 1972.

I’ve been so blessed to have a good man who worked so hard that I didn’t need to work fulltime or part time – most of the time he asked me not to work.  “Stay home and enjoy yourself, make your jewelry, go shopping, have lunch with friends. ”  WOW, that sure sounded good a few years ago and I did them all!   Now that my “Golden Years” have arrived I find doing all of the…

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I Got Fooled

A look into the live of a caretaker – one who has lost her husband to Alzheimer’s.

Caregiving - To Laugh Or Cry

It has been 44 days since Ron passed away, but whose counting. Some days it feel like it just happened and other days like it has been forever. I have no idea what makes the difference for the time frame. Last week I talked strongly to myself about trying to get back to some form of normalcy. Whatever the heck that is.

I haven’t worked out for months so I wanted to get back to doing that. Amazing how everything starts spreading once you stop exercising on a regular basis. I needed to do many things in the yard; plant annuals, prune roses, etc. I’ve been wanting to take more classes on how to use my new sewing machine, but couldn’t leave Ron. Also, I have several sewing projects I need to finish. Oh, the list goes on and on. So where to start. The sewing store was starting a…

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The Spectre of Dementia and Memory Loss

Sanjiva Wijesinha

dymentiaDementia, defined as the loss of one’s mental capacity, has been shown by recent surveys to be the disease most feared by people over 65.

This may well be a rational fear as the idea of losing independence, cognition, and personal memories as we age is something that takes away our very sense of self. A person who develops Dementia in effect would cease to exist mentally but still be alive physically – so in some respects the condition is even worse than death itself. As our population in this country ages and we become more aware of loved ones and people we know losing their mental faculty as they get older, it is important that we understand what the early signs of Dementia are and have an idea of what it means to suffer from this terrible and soul-destroying condition.

Dementia is not confined to any specific ethnic or…

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