Exercise helps prevent dementia!

As my holiday workouts have a tendency to look like this

Holiday Work out

This article from Independent.co.uk has inspiering me!

Exercise most effective lifestyle choice for preventing dementia, researchers say

CHARLIE COOPER Author Biography

Monday 09 December 2013

Taking regular exercise is the most effective single lifestyle choice people can make to reduce their risk of dementia, according to one of the most extensive studies yet into people’s long-term health outcomes. Continue reading

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Who doesn’t want to live longer?

check out this article from venturebeat.com

This anti-aging brain trust is the most interesting startup in Silicon Valley

This anti-aging brain trust is the most interesting startup in Silicon Valley
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December 7, 2013 8:00 AM

In September, Google chief executive Larry Page announced his latest “moonshot,” a mysterious new venture to extend the human life span.

We don’t know much yet about the initiative, dubbed Calico, but Pagerevealed in a blog post that it will receive funding from Google. Biotechnology mogul Arthur Levinson, 63, who sat on both Google and Apple’s boards and formerly served as the chief executive at Genentech, will lead Calico as its CEO. Levinson said he declined numerous high-profile CEO positions before agreeing to join Calico. Continue reading

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A great article from wellfesto.com

This is a great article!

From Wellfesto.com

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

by brynnharrington on November 19, 2013

cover.jpgMid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

THAT DRESS?”  My brain couldn’t focus on an image of some random dress hanging in my closet.  All I could think about was my three-year-old daughter hearing and trying to process those words.

My daughter’s little brain is making sense of the world every single second, taking in verbal and non-verbal cues about how things work and what things mean.  And when it comes to exercise, I want her to grow up seeing it as a joy, and not a utility…as a gift, and not a chore…as an opportunity, not an obligation.  I want her to do it for the love of it, not to fit into a dress.  I want her to grow up knowing that…

  1. Strength equals self-sufficiency.  Being strong – particularly as a woman – is empowering.  It will feel good someday to be able to carry your own luggage down the stairs if the airport escalator is broken, and it will be important to have a solid shot at outrunning a stranger should you meet one a dark alley. Continue reading
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Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

This is a great article, it explains so much!


And the end advice is relevant no matter what “Generation” you are from:

1) Stay wildly ambitious. The current world is bubbling with opportunity for an ambitious person to find flowery, fulfilling success. The specific direction may be unclear, but it’ll work itself out — just dive in somewhere.

2) Stop thinking that you’re special. The fact is, right now, you’re not special. You’re another completely inexperienced young person who doesn’t have all that much to offer yet. You can become special by working really hard for a long time.

3) Ignore everyone else. Other people’s grass seeming greener is no new concept, but in today’s image crafting world, other people’s grass looks like a glorious meadow. The truth is that everyone else is just as indecisive, self-doubting, and frustrated as you are, and if you just do your thing, you’ll never have any reason to envy others.

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This boggles the mind

One of our users JoeyK posted this topic under happiness on our Idea Exchange and I for one think its wonderful – Thank you JoeyK for this great story and idea!

Here is a photo of the bike he is talking aboutphoto (13)

Below is JoeyK’s post and here is the link if you have comments

“This boggles the mind. Well, it did for me. On Friday AM I visited mom; we had coffee and a chat for a couple of hours, the I went a about my business. Around 4pm the phone rang at home. It was James, a co-ordinator of activities at the hospital and other locations, he said Mom had some exciting news to tell me ….? Mom came on the line and was so excited I had to ask her to slow down so I could understand.It turns out she was out riding in a special bike with James and saw many wonderful sights ! !!!!!  As you can see in picture, it is a very special bike. She sat in the front seat with a full seat belt and proper headgear and he took her on some quiet streets with little traffic near the hospital. I can’t remember hearing her so excited since the last stroke.I visited with her again today and when we were in the garden areas took the above picture and she got all excited again telling me of her special outing!”

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When is the right time for your parent(s) to move to a supported living home?

Elderly woman using walkerFrom a recent conversation I had with a neighbor:

My neighbor’s Mom kept telling her that “a man is living in the house”.
Mom’s female live in care giver said “no it’s just your mom’s Dementia”

Who is telling the truth?  After all her mom did suffer from dementia.   Turns out the mom was right the care giver had moved her boyfriend in and he had been living their for many months!

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Improving memory and Lumosity.com

I was recently watching a video clip with a Lumosity founder Mike Scanlon where he said that he got interested in brain function after both his grandparents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Video: The Story Behind Lumosity’s Science
With Lumosity Chief Scientific Officer Mike Scanlon
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Can we change diet behaviors of a lifetime?New England Journal of med logo

“Increasingly, the Mediterranean diet has become the standard for healthy eating. Adherence to it appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or cancer and even premature death overall.1 Largely plant-centered, with high intakes of olive oil, fruit, nuts, and whole-grain cereals, moderate consumption of fish and poultry, low intakes of dairy, red meat, and sweets, and often moderate drinking of red wine,”

Article:  Something New under the Sun? The Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Health

Sarah W. Tracy, Ph.D.

N Engl J Med 2013; 368:1274-1276April 4, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1302616

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Should my Dad bring Mom home from her care home?

So I get a call yesterday and my 82 year old Dad wants to bring my 81 year old Mom home from the long term care facility she has been in for the past year since she had her stroke.   This to me is a crazy idea, not because I’m the one who would have to find, interview and do the payroll for the multiple caregivers that this would require.  I would be more than happy to do that if I thought it was the right solution but clearly I don’t.

Why?  Continue reading

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Daily Living

It seems that we are all facing care challenges weather your loved one lives down the block or across the country its hard to help, especially as our own lives are so busy.  With this site we hope to form a community of people to share ideas, get your questions asked and most of all help to make the lives of our parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters or anyone you are caring for better. Continue reading

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