The holidays are not about presents, or gifts, or chocolate it’s about showing your appreciation to the ones you love. If you do this by showering them with gifts great! Otherwise it’s about spending time with the people who matter most to you.
This holiday season we go visit everyone in the family that we can. In this picture above we are spending time with Vance’s grandma Judy for the #holiday. Judy suffers from #Alzheimer‘s and #aphasia and the entire family feels it.
Alzheimer’s effects Judy’s ability to remember things, even her family at times. And the aphasia makes it difficult for Judy to speak, think straight and communicate.
It’s essentially important that we bring #awareness to both these #disorders as they are #diseases of the mind but they effect the #spirit causing suffering and pain for the entire #family not just the ones suffering with it.
It’s sad to know that Judy only got to spend the first few years of Vance’s life knowing that she was a new and first time grandmother. But what we can do is show her #compassion spend time with her, love her and make sure Vance knows who his family is.
Every time we go visit Judy, Vance is kinda shy and says that it’s sad how his grandma has changed… But Vance never wants to leave and as we drive away he always asks when we will be back to visit her. Vance isn’t afraid of his grandma and cares for her regardless of her limitations and I am there to support him and his beloved grandmother along the way.
But did you know that there are simple things you can do to protect yourself & your family from Alzheimer’s? Here’s a few tips.
1. Reduce foods such as Trans fats. Avoid these not only to reduce cholesterol but to help improve the brain.
2. Avoid Saturated fats. Saturated fats causes many health disorders & diseases.
3. Avoid cooking in cast iron dishes. Why? Because metals such as iron & copper increase free radicals in your body. Free radicals destroy the connections in the brain.
4. Increase Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps strengthen the brain.
5. Increase foods high in Anthocyanins which includes blue & purple foods.
6. Walk briskly for at least 40 minutes, 3 times a week or a total of 120 minutes a week. Walking briskly not just a simple walk actually “reverses brain shrinkage and improves memory!”
7. Use rosemary essential oil daily to help strengthen the brain & stop the effects of Alzheimer’s. Here are two clinical research reports on this Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer’s disease and The Therapeutic Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Diterpenes for Alzheimer’s Disease.
8. Watch this Ted Talk to learn how foods can improve the brain.
There are simple things you can to do to bring awareness of Alzheimer’s.
1. Share your story with everyone.
2. Post on social media about Alzheimer’s and how to reduce the risks
3. Walk for Alzheimer’s click here to find out how to get involved.
4. Buy Alzheimer’s awareness stamps.
Next time you go to buy #stamps ask for the Alzheimer’s awareness stamps and help #support scientist and doctors help to understand this disorder a little more. Every #dollar $ spent goes towards #research on Alzheimer’s.
5. Read blogs about Alzheimer’s. Here’s a good one that gives you ideas on how to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s. 10 Things to Do During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
7. Share with your family. Read to your kids. Have your kids watch YouTube videos with you about the disease so they understand it better.
8. And finally do all that you can to share about Alzheimer’s for one never knows when a loved one, your mother, your father, your child or your grandparent could be affected by this disease of the mind, heart and spirit.