Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
I was so sad yesterday to read that Glen Campbell had been moved to an Alzheimer’s facility that will keep him safe and will provide him with 24 hour care. Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are devastating diseases.
How many of us have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease or by dementia? Too many of us, I know. My dad had Parkinson’s and suffered from the dementia associated with that disease. My mom died of end-stage dementia which was probably fast-forwarded by a series of strokes she had shortly after my dad passed away. It’s a long road for everyone but especially for the victim while they’re still “with it” enough to know they’re slipping and losing their cognitive ability and their independence.
It’s our generation, the baby boomers, that is most at risk, so allow me a quick trip back to the 60s to Jefferson Airplane. Grace Slick’s lyrics to White Rabbit are so true….”feed your head”… But what should you feed your head to keep your brain healthy?
Much of eating right is about what not to eat. Sugar, simple carbs and trans fats should probably be at the top of the list. This means you should wean yourself off all fast food and everything that is beige asap!
You need to be mindful of marketing ploys as well; we can all be lulled into a false sense that you’re eating right based on the current health fad. For example, “gluten free” has become the health buzz phrase of our time, but be mindful that just because something is gluten free doesn’t mean it’s sugar free or trans fat free. Eating right is an amazingly complex subject and one that’s in your best interest to study.
Here’s a link to an incredible (and scary) book, “Grain Brain”, to help you start down the road to better brain health and to better health in general. I strongly advise you to pick up a copy. It’s a great read, and when you’re in your 80s and still recognize your family members, you’ll be glad you did!
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