This week I attended an enlightening seminar put on by the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia. I learned some important things I want to share with you.
‘Dementia’ is an umbrella term – there are about 50 different kinds of dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is one of them. Alzheimer’s is a progressive and degenerative brain illness, which causes thinking and memory to become seriously impaired.
The good news is that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The bad news is the cause of Alzheimer’s still is not known.
Here are the warning signs of Alzheimer’s.
Here are some easy things you can do to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s: Healthy Brain Worksheet. This contains three levels of ideas categorized into bronze, silver and gold – it’s up to you to choose what level you want to challenge yourself with. This list is also broken down by Mind, Body & Spirit. Notice that meditation and mindfulness are listed. A good one mentioned in the seminar is to use your non-dominant hand to do everyday tasks like brushing your teeth.
I hope this is helpful to you – it’s good to see there are simple things we can do every day to reduce our risk. I find these suggestions very helpful and it feels good to learn ways to keep ourselves healthy. The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia website also contains good information if you are living with or caring for someone with dementia.