Saturday, April 22, 2017
In this book, he puts forward in easy- to- read layman terms the serious effects of vascular disease on our brains. It was thought that Alzheimer's disease accounted for most dementia but now it is becoming known that a lot of dementia is precipitated by strokes.
The strokes can be slight and not associated with significant physical changes and so they are often not noticed. However, their damage is visible on MRIs and over time can lead to significant cognitive deficits. As well, the strokes appear to interfere with our bodies ability to get rid of the plaques and tangles that can lead to Alzheimer's disease. A combination of vascular dementia and Alzheimer's is pretty common.
Dr. Hakim has suggestions for building brain resilience and what to avoid to reduce the likelihood of
vascular disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, loneliness, inactivity, insufficient sleep).
In some ways, I found the book encouraging as it puts brain health in the same package as overall health and made Alzheimer's seem less arbitrary (although he did say that early onset Alzheimer's has a strong genetic aspect ). But it also made me realize that I probably need to work harder at keeping my brain fit.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
The Mind of Watercolour Youtube guy suggested Lesleythebirdnerd on Youtube. She is from Newfoundland and has great videos of birds in her area. I watched one on bluejays and found out they eat tent caterpillars as well as lots of other bugs. She also has an Etsy shop with beautiful prints of birds, animals and landscapes.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
I'm always happy to hear of schools that are growing some veggies. It is so easy to give kids the confidence that they can grow a few beans and tomatoes, and perhaps at some point grow a sizable garden. I was blessed to have a mother who gardened. She didn't have a big garden or even a very successful one (she had to deal with very poor soil), but I felt gardening was something anybody could do - and so it is.
And as to the tomatoes in the photo, they not only look great, they taste great, too.
Monday, March 27, 2017
I am starting another blog called My Morning Moment. I am hoping to do a short daily post based on a passage of the Bible. The posts will look at a particular theme over a period of time and then go on to another topic. The first theme is fear. I'm just jumping in where I am at and hopefully some people will feel they can connect there as well. It's at www.mymorningmoment.blogspot.ca