Members of our household found Jean Carper's recent book (based on UCLA studies), "100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's" encouraging.  We have long known that the Baby Boomers fear Alzheimers more than any other malady and have felt helpless in its wake.  As a group we like control and Jean has given us some ways in which we can take matters into our own hands.   Here are five things you can do now to help save your child (or grandchild) from Alzheimer's and memory loss later in life, according to the latest research.

1. Prevent head blows: Insist your child wear a helmet during biking, skating,
skiing, baseball, football, hockey, and all contact sports. A major blow as well
as tiny repetitive unnoticed concussions can cause damage, leading to memory loss and Alzheimer's years later.

2 Encourage language skills: A teenage girl who is a superior writer is eight
times more likely to escape Alzheimer's in late life than a teen with poor
linguistic skills. Teaching young children to be fluent in two or more languages
makes them less vulnerable to Alzheimer's.

3. Insist your child go to college: Education is a powerful Alzheimer's deterrent. The more years of formal schooling, the lower the odds. Most Alzheimer's prone: teenage drop outs. For each year of education, your risk of dementia drops 11%, says a recent University of Cambridge study. ( use your imagination more - stop so much TV )

4. Provide stimulation: Keep your child's brain busy with physical, mental and
social activities and novel experiences. All these contribute to a bigger,
better functioning brain with more so-called 'cognitive reserve.' High cognitive
reserve protects against memory decline and Alzheimer's.

5. Spare the junk food: Lab animals raised on berries, spinach and high omega-3 fish have great memories in old age. Those overfed sugar, especially high fructose in soft drinks, saturated fat and trans fats become overweight and diabetic, with smaller brains and impaired memories as they age, a prelude to Alzheimer's.

Don't be afraid - be proactive for you and everyone you love,

Excerpted from Jean Carper's newest book:
"100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's"

Posted by: Kathy Harmon on 10/23/2011 | 0 Comments

I read an interesting newspaper article yesterday about a growing franchise for health clubs with a 50-plus target market.  Finally, I will be able to lift my 10-pound weights, slowly trudge through a 45-minute treadmill routine and grunt repeatedly during a recumbent bike session without having to stare jealously at the size-two chiseled bodies for which Spandex was designed.   What a relief! 

Today, a second article repeatedly quoted one of the Doctors Kane from the University of Minnesota about how different current grandparents are from their own.  It seems that the advances in medical science that cure or relieve many maladies, the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year, the Baby Boomer- initiated exercise and fitness focus begun in the 80s, and the passion to remain young have allowed today’s grandparents to play with, rather than just “watch” their grandchildren. 

I have four children.  I’m a proud Boomer and a grateful grandmother, but I was recently stung by a couple of remarks made by my youngest son that suggested I was getting old.  I can’t even remember what he said--only that I bristled at it. 

I joke about aging on my own terms.  I kid my mother about how awful it must be to have children this old.  But I do not welcome old age.  I haven’t yet come to terms with it.  I love hearing that 60 is the new 40.  That seems about right to me.  I wonder when the time will come that I’ll admit to being old.  

My undergraduate degree is in anthropology and much of our curriculum was in sociology.  Many other cultures revere the older generations, who are considered wise.  Their opinions matter.  I taught a class in South Korea a couple of years ago and I was struck by the power of the oldest student.  I only needed to convince him of the importance of my words for the rest of the class to follow. 

Not so in our country.  We need only look at the way we treat many of our elders to recognize why the Boomers in line behind them aren’t anxious to take their place.  I will fight to always be able to do for myself.  I don’t like having others do for me; never have.  But fighting nature and the aging process is a formidable battle.  Muscles atrophy, skin thins, joints thicken and the multiple bad choices we’ve made in our youth finally blossom in a miasma of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blocked arteries, worn joints and insomnia.  

But we are a hopeful generation.  We believe that it is never too late.  If we simply create and execute a workable exercise plan, lose a bit of weight and eat healthily going forward, surely medical science will cure death before it hits us. 

We don’t like being old, being called old or being considered old.  We don’t like words like “senior,” “elder,” or “aged.”   Words dictate beliefs.   We are a bright group.  Surely we can find a word thatdescribes us that doesn’t hurt our feelings.  Maybe we should just stick to “Boomer.”  Actions matter, too.  I’m thinking about training for the Chicago Marathon next year.  That will show my kid I’m not old.  But thinking about it is as far as I’ve gotten--or will likely go.

I recently received an interesting e-mail from my good friend Jean that reminded me that the foods in nature give us visual clues as to the organs in our body they nurture.  I remembered seeing this some years ago and found a more extensive list on a great website called J.CROW'S® Arthritis and Folk Medicine.  Visit the site.  You will find much wisdom there.  The following is a reprint of J. Crow’s list.  Take note!

"You are what you eat, so eat well.

A stupendous insight of civilizations past has now been confirmed by today's investigative, nutritional sciences. They have shown that what was once called 'The Doctrine of Signatures' was astoundingly correct. It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a ody organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater.

Here is just a short list of examples of Whole Food Signatures    
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look
just like the human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four Chambers.
All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the Research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right Hemisphere, upper Cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex.We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuro-transmitters For brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the Human kidneys.  

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough Sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, Avocados and Pears target the health and function of The womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances Hormones, sheds unwanted birth Weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? . it takes exactly 9 months to Grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 phytolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male
and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
Grapefruits, Oranges, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary  glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement  of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like body cells.   Todays research shows that onions help clear waste materials From all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes

Bananas, Cucumber, Zucchini and more target the size and strength of the male sexual organ. It's true!

Peanuts have a profound effect on the testicles and sexual libido. Peanuts were banned As a food for males by the church often during the middle ages. Most people don't realize that arginine, the main component of Viagra, comes from     peanuts."


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