Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 33 – 3/18/15
I recently saw the movie, Still Alice. In the movie, Julianne Moore plays Alice, a woman who struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. In her case, it was familial; she carried the gene for AD. This neurological disease has also been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, along with other modifiable risk factors. In a recent bulletin, the AARP pointed out that the cases and costs of AD continue to rise, with no end in sight.*
Since then, I’ve been thinking about my brain. Or should I say, I’ve been thinking about my brain’s health. I’ve written posts about the aging brain in years past. In my blog, past articles have taken a lighthearted approach. But in truth, losing my brain functions is one of those things I do take seriously, and is the thing I fear most about aging
Which brings me to Brain Awareness Week, a worldwide initiative which was started by the Dana Foundation 20 years ago. This foundation provides information about the brain to the public, and also helps advance brain health research in a variety of ways. This provides us with the opportunity to learn about the strides that scientists are making to protect our brain health. Brain Awareness Week is just the start; according to the Scientific American website, the Dana Foundation continues brain awareness activities year-round.
How to get involved with Brain Awareness Week: Check out the Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Campaign.
I’ve recently joined to become an advocate of Alzheimer’s research – please join me. We can make a difference! You can become a chamption at ActionAlz.
You can follow the Alzheimer’s Association on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/actionalz
I’ve found some interesting reading about the brain:
- This article from The Human Memory website, describes the three major parts of the brain. This website has some interesting reading and includes articles about the different types of memory, memory disorders, types of memory, etc.
- The Amen Clinic talks about super foods for the brain.
- Brain Healthy Recipes from BrainHQ at the Posit Science website
*Reid, T.R. Where’s the War on Alzheimer’s? AARP Bulletin. January – February 2015.
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