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.