And save money on healthcare!
I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day. Typical of the day, I’m also pondering a few questions.
What did I learn last year about staying healthy? What have I done well in my quest to be healthier and save money? What can I do better this year?
As so many of us know, healthcare is unreasonably expensive. My goal the last few years has …
read on Do brain games lower dementia risk?
Yes and no.
Most brain or cognitive training apps divide their “games” into several categories, such as attention, memory, speed and flexibility.
reports that only the a study recently published in an Alzheimer’s journal speed games were associated with a lower dementia risk (29% lower!).
I was really interested in this report. My husband and I enjoy playing these games, even though
… I’ve read on And brain health awareness, too!
At this time, there is no drug or treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia. The best advice is that what is good for your heart is good for your brain, too.
Related post: Don’t buy supplements to prevent Alzheimer’s
Embracing a healthy lifestyle is our best chance to reduce the risk of developing dementia as we age.
, … moderate physical exercise every day read on
I’m spending the day online getting some gift shopping done, and I thought I’d post about some of the healthcare books and gifts I’m buying for friends and family this year.
I use Amazon a lot (Prime, so I get free 2-day shipping), and I have to include a disclosure here that the following links will take you to my Amazon Associates page. That said, I’m not trying to make …
read on I just finished reading a really gripping and emotional story— by journalist Susannah Cahalan. (Soon to be a movie!) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
As a twenty-something cub reporter in New York, Ms. Cahalan began experiencing strange, seemingly unconnected symptoms, such as forgetfulness, paranoia and the sensation that bugs were crawling on one side of her body.
The details of her weeks’ long medical journey—which she had to …
read on It’s Stroke Awareness Month!
, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want you to be aware of the most common stroke symptoms, and know what to do if you see them. National Stroke Awareness Month
The five most common symptoms, which tend to come on suddenly, are:
Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially when on just one side
read on The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day. Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain
It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The author is referring to
a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tomorrow night at 10pm, PBS is premiering a documentary about the history and treatment of bipolar disorder:
Ride the Tiger—A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain. Watch this video on YouTube
It’s hard to find a family that hasn’t been affected by this condition, yet it’s still poorly understood and challenging to diagnose and treat.
The show looks at genetics, diagnosis and treatment, and features many highly accomplished people living with …
read on For years I’ve heard that blueberries are good for brain health. Which is great, because I love blueberries and try to work them into my diet several times a week.
So I was happy to
read the results of some new research that supports the connection between blueberries and the human brain.
Most blueberry studies to date have been performed on animals, but two recent studies—funded in part by the …
read on I’ve previously posted that Nexium and similar acid-reducing drugs, the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack .
a new study has confirmed a connection between PPIs and dementia.
The patients receiving regular PPI medication…had a significantly increased risk of incident dementia compared with the patients not receiving PPI medication…
The avoidance of PPI medication may prevent the development of dementia.