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This information is for anyone interested in learning more about Dementia or Alzheimer's especially caregivers of loved ones living with the disease.  Note:  Your loved one is not the only person living with this disease, you are as a caregiver.  We are here to help you understand the disease, recognize the disease and care for those with the disease with the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) program.

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Eat This Way and Avoid Alzheimer’s
Prevention Magazine, July 2015

People who tried the new scientist-designed MIND diet lowered their risk of Alzheimer’s by 53%. Eat this many weekly servings of the following nine foods.
Whole Grains (21)
Packed with fiber to fuel a productive brain. Aim for 3 servings a day.
Berries (2)
Thanks to their flavonols, they’re the only fruit that can slow brain decline.
Beans (3)
Plenty of fiber, plus low-fat protein for growing brain cells.
Leafy Greens (6)
Full of antioxidants and carotenoids to protect gray matter.
Poultry (2)
Delivering dementia-preventing B vitamins and low-fat protein.
Nuts (5)
Rich in vitamin E, which has been shown to lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
Other Vegetables (7)
Packed with plant-based antioxidant power.
Fish (1)
Rich in brain-cell-fortifying omega-3 fatty acids.
Wine (7)
Alcohol reduces dementia risk. Stick to 1 glass a day.

• And use olive oil for cooking and dressings, for its memory-protecting polyphenols.

Red meat: 4 times a week or less
Fast food, fried food, and cheese: less than once a week
Butter or margarine: less than 5 times a week

Prevention Magazine Insert

Finding your memory a bit fuzzier than it used to be?
The first word to remember to sharpen your memory is flavonoids. These are the amazing healing compounds found in fruits and vegetables. Berries and some vegetables are particularly rich in a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins, which directly affect the area of the brain associated with learning and memory.

Berries and some vegetables (see list below) have been shown to naturally block an inflammatory enzyme called COX-2, which is the main promoter of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. No wonder studies show that frequent consumption of these delicious berries and vegetables delay cognitive aging by as many as 2.5 years.

Plants rich in anthocyanins are Vaccinium species, such as blueberry, cranberry, and bilberry; Rubus berries, including black raspberry, red raspberry, and blackberry; blackcurrant, cherry, eggplant (aubergine) peel, black rice, Concord grape, muscadine grape, red cabbage, and violet petals.

Prevention Magazine – September 2016

What engages more of your brain than music or math? University of California, Berkeley, researchers have discovered that it’s storytelling. Their studies show that listening to story podcasts activated sensations, emotions and memories not on just one side but across the entire brain, thereby upending right brain/left brain theory.

“Understanding a story requires access to all kinds of cognitive processes – social reasoning, spatial reasoning, emotional responses, visual imagery, and more,” says study author Alex Huth. The findings may one day help scientists “read” the brains of people who can’t speak due to stroke or disease.

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Time for your fall checkup! by Kyla Kelim, Edler Law Attorney, Aging in Alabama

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