One of the scariest anticipations of old age is what will happen to the mind. Will I develop Alzheimer’s or slip into dementia? Will I suffer brain damage from a stroke? Will I become a doddering old lady with nothing interesting to say?
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Most people in their 60s aren’t overly concerned about brain health. After all, most boomers are decades away from encountering any potential brain health issues.
At the same time, there is a growing body of evidence that says that the decisions that we make now, 60s, may have a profound impact on our health in our later years.
If there was one food that I hated as a little girl, it was spinach.
I don’t know if I really disliked the taste or just the fact that my mom said it was healthy. Or, maybe, I subconsciously resented the fact that they needed an entire cartoon to sell spinach to kids. How could something that adults pushed so hard actually taste good?
Despite the billions of dollars that have been spent on Alzheimer’s research, we still don’t have a complete understanding of how this devastating disease works. So, it may be decades before we have an Alzheimer’s cure, if one is in the future at all.
Have you ever noticed how the simplest activities can bring you the most pleasure?
Take crossword puzzles, for example. There is something so relaxing about sitting down with a cup of steaming-hot tea to fill in the Sunday crossword puzzle in the newspaper. And, if a biscuit or two happen to escape from their tin and into your mouth, so much the better! After all, when it comes to enjoying simple pleasures, there are no rules!
I will admit that I have been thinking about my age and my brain lately. What can I do to give my brain the best chance at staying healthy through my later years?
If you pay attention to the latest news on Alzheimer’s prevention, you have probably heard plenty of stories about different substances that may or may not slow down memory loss. One recent study claimed that a compound found in Marijuana may help to remove toxic proteins from the brain. Other research has pointed to red wine as having potential benefits.
It’s difficult to think about Alzheimer’s without getting a little sad.
My parents died when I was quite young, so, I haven’t experienced this horrible disease directly. That said, I have spoken with many women in the community who are caregivers for one or more parents with dementia. Their stories of struggle are simultaneously heart-breaking and inspiring.