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What You Can Do Now to Reduce Your Odds of Getting Alzheimer’s – Study Breaks

It might be pretty early, but its definitely worth it.

By Rachael Seamands Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

In November 2016, CBS News released a 60 Minutes episode on early-onset Alzheimers.

The story focused on a family living in Antioquia, a state in Columbia known to be home to the largest concentration in the world of people carrying a certain genetic mutation.

Carriers of the mutation live with a one hundred-percent guarantee of suffering from Alzheimers disease at some point in their life. The family featured on 60 Minutes had recently lost their patriarch to the disease. As the illnesspasses genetically, the numerous blood-related members of their family tree live with the risk of having inherited the mutation.

The family members explain to the interviewer Lesley Stahl that none of them are aware of who has the mutation, and who does not. This is a decision made by their family doctor, Dr. Lopera. It is the policy of Dr. Lopera and their medical team to keep the family in the dark regarding who does and does not carry the mutation. This decision comes from the knowledge that even if the mutation is discovered at an early age, nothing can be done to help.

The facts surrounding this case are tragic and sound like something out of a book or a movie; Gabriel Garcia Marquezs One Hundred Years of Solitude comes to mind. However, Alzheimers affects real people, and more than you might think. In 2016 alone, over five-and-a-half million Americans suffered from the disease.

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Alzheimers disease, in laymans terms, consists of severe memory loss and the lessening of other intellectual abilities to the point of interference with the functions of everyday life. Many people believe Alzheimers, or memory loss, to be a natural and eventual part of aging. However, the Alzheimers Associations web page tells readers otherwise. Increasing age presents more of a risk factor than a guarantee of memory deterioration. Currently, a cure for Alzheimers does not exist, but experts and researchers continue their efforts to discover one.

While the lack of a cure for Alzheimers disease presents real concern, there are studies suggesting certain lifestyle changes mayreduce your odds of gettingthe disease.

Physical activity is one such preventative measure. When it comes to health, keeping your body moving and in shape is always a good idea. Implementing a healthy diet is another recommendation. Choosing foods with lower fat and sugar content can help to put off the onset of heart disease, diabetes and other known links to Alzheimers disease. Specifically, several routes concerning food intake can prove to better the functions of the brain.

Fruits and vegetables showed positive results in a population-based study of older Japanese-Americans concerning incidence of Alzheimers over a seven to nine-year follow up. Specifically, berries contain a class of compounds called anthocyanosidesthatfight memory loss along with other life-threatening impairments.

Another prevention methodsure to excite the red wine lovers of the world consists of drinking one glass of red wine or grape juice with each evening meal. The grape skins contained in the drinks help to protect brain cells from stresses and other harms. Healthy diet choices, along with physical exercise, can and should be made in order to avoid contracting diseases that come with age and a weakening of the body.

When it comes to off-setting memory loss, other preventative measures can be beneficial. Notably, staying mentally active tops the list. Brain games, like crossword puzzles or word searches, keep the brain working and require deeper levels of thought thatotherwise may not be utilized on a daily basis.

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Enrolling in courses at a local adult education center or community college can also help to keep your brain working and retaining new information. Constant learning requires the mind to bend and stretch, resulting in more activity for the brain cells. Countless online games and puzzles can be reached from home in seconds and present excellent opportunities for problem-solving that require an in-depth thought process.

Experts also suggest attending lectures by respected authors or public speakers in order to continue the process of learning. A lecture on a subject that is of particular interest to you is ideal. Reading and writing about the same subjects or others of interest can also be added to the list of preventative measures.

The common ground between the suggested brain games and continuations of learning can be found in the concept of mental gymnastics. Not only do experts in the field of Alzheimers research suggest participating in these types of exercises, but they also suggest starting as early as possible. While risk of Alzheimers does increase with age and the deterioration of the mind, cases can arise wherein a younger person can still contract the disease.

For many college students, graduation means taking a break from constant learning, retaining and utilizing of new information. The end of college suggests an opportunity for hiatus, even if it is punctuated by the need to get a job in your field. While many jobs can require a level of mental gymnastics worthy of keeping the brain active, its still important to participate in intellectual stimulation outside of the workplace.

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People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason – Quartz

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason
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Likely as a result of structural changes in the networks and connections of the brain, this would suggest they have an increased capacity to process information. This is thought to happen because, like any brain games, logic, or visual exercises

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Beauty Salon With Childcare, Baseball Training, Brain Games and More: New Temecula Businesses – Patch.com


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Love of pets on show at storytime – The Irrigator

7 Mar 2017, 1 p.m.

WHILE they werent allowed into the library, pets were the subject of many minds this week.

WHILE they werent allowed into the library, pets were the subject of many minds this week.

Storytime this month had a pet theme, with the young participants learning all about their favourite animals.

Tuesdays session started off with getting the small group up and about with the songIf Youre Happy and You Know Itfollowed by the first book of the dayThe Pets You Get.

Next up was the songOld MacDonald Had a Farm, only this time around the words were changed to say he owned a pet shop.

The librarys Jo Pianca then read the final book of the day, which had the children kicking back and relaxing while listening at the same time.

The craft activity for this month was the colour in Old MacDonalds pet shop and animals for sale.

Along with the monthly storytime sessions, the event is now being held every Wednesday and Saturday.

Wednesdays have been really popular weve been getting around 40 or 50 there each week, Mrs Pianca said.

Its really good weve also renamed our Saturday book chair to storytime so its all the same name and people recognise what it is.

The library has also launched its brain games with the aim of keeping the mind fit, but also providing a social outlet for residents.

The program is designed to exercise the mind through a series of simple activities that are designed to challenge the brain.

Brain games will be held throughout March every Wednesday from 2pmto 3pm.

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Contemporary Philosopher and Nat Geo Host Jason Silva is Reinventing How We Tell the Story of Evolution – Remezcla (blog)

Millennials are said to be the least religious generation yet but that doesnt mean we arent questioning things and seeking more. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 46% of young adults say they feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week. And like generations before us, 55% of young people say they think about the meaning and purpose of life on a weekly basis.

These spiritual and philosophical explorations ones that have become increasingly unmoored from organized religion, and instead driven by science and technology have found a torchbearer in Jason Silva. Silva, the Venezuelan-American host of National Geographics top-rated, Emmy-nominated series Brain Games, is somewhat of a contemporary philosopher or as he describes himself, a wonder junkie who relishes cognitive ecstasy.

For the last several years, 35 year-old Silva has been carving out a name for himself with his thought-provoking viral videos and eloquent rants on subjects ranging from evolution, to technology, human behavior, creativity, and reality. Hes a refreshing counterpoint to a cultural zeitgeist that is often rife with ironic posturing; Jason is all earnestness, all breathless, boundless excitement about the futures potential.

Silvas newest project, Origins: The Journey Of Humankind, premiering March 6th, 9/8c on Nat Geo, takes us back in time to pivotal moments that have fueled our very own evolution.

I had the chance to pick his brain about religious stereotypes in Latinos, his role as a Latino thought leader in these politically charged times, and how growing up bilingual helps shape your creativity and potential. Heres what he had to say.

As a Futurist and advocate for technological singularity, when did these topics first interest you? What inspired you? I am fascinated by technology the idea of technology as the embodiment of human creativity and imagination. Using our tools to radically extend our limits. The Singularity is a metaphor for when things truly phase-change. I came across the idea in Ray Kurzweils book and it changed me forever. He was an inspiration.

Latino culture is often stereotyped as staunchly religious, creating restrictive social expectations for those who drift from a specific understanding of acceptable spirituality. As a modern advocate for existentialism, how do you view the future relationship of young Latinos to spirituality, especially as contemporary society becomes more secular? I had no problem with this. I grew up in a secular Jewish household where art andideas were our religions. Ive done my best to lead by example to anyone who is hungry for bigger questions and freedom from dogma.

Youve made a couple of videos speaking about how being multicultural + bilingual leads to more fluid creativity. As a Venezuelan, having grown up bilingually, canyou give examples from your personal experience? Being open to multiple perspectives and world views heightens creativity. Youre less rigid in your opinions because you can see things from many angles. Language sculpts perception, so speaking more than one language makes you privy to multiple modes of perception.

What advice do you have for Latinos who grew up outside of their homeland and may feel disconnected from their roots? How do you suggest they maximize this potential you speak of? We are all humans. I recommend a phase-change in perspective. What the astronauts call the overview effect. Weneed to see things through a global lens. Latinos should not feel separated, they should feel they are integral flavors of the human experience.

What impact do you want to have in Latino communities in these trying political times? I want people to aim higher than ever. All of us can make an impact Latinos should feel empowered to make a dent, to make a difference!

And as a final thought for our readers who seek wisdom, what question would you have them ask themselves? Ask yourself: WHAT MAKES LIFE MEANINGFUL IN SPITE OF YOU BEING MORTAL?

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Generation Us: Learning new things helps keep brain sharp – The Daily Progress

As the old saying goes, you cant teach an old dog new tricks. But as it turns out, learning new tricks may be the secret to keeping our old brains running smoothly. And were not talking about brain games and puzzles that are supposed to improve memory; were talking about learning a new skill or hobby, like playing an instrument, learning a language, mastering a new software program or even getting a degree.

Research has shown that challenging learning activities improve memory and overall cognition in older people, and that that improvement can be maintained over time.

Consider a study done by a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas a few years ago, in which 200 older people were given different activities to do. Some were tasked with forming social groups and reminiscing, and others stayed at home to watch movies or do simple games and puzzles, but others were asked to learn quilting and master a digital photography program. After three months, those who learned to use the digital photography program, by far the most challenging task, showed the most significant gains on memory tests. And they continued to show the most gains even when the tests were done again a year later.

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According to researchers, improvements in brain function happen because leaning a new skill involves activating many different parts of the brain at once, therefore strengthening its performance as a whole. Basically, when you step out of your comfort zone and embrace something that may at first feel confusing and overwhelming, your brain begins firing on all cylinders. As a result, there can be increased verbal capacity, and memory loss can be slowed down. Whats more, learning new things can widen a persons social circle, and the sense of accomplishment can renew a sense of purpose and inspire others.

Also, certain kinds of vocational education and training, like learning gardening or woodworking, can combine learning with exercise, which can be doubly beneficial to older people.

Now might be a good time to bust the myth that brain power declines with age. While many people think that some form of memory loss and dementia is simply part of aging, according to the National Institutes of Health, only 5 percent of people aged 71 to 79 have some form of dementia, and while that goes up to 24.2 percent between 80 and 89, the vast majority of older people maintain their brain functions. In fact, according to Harvard Medical School researchers, older people actually have better judgment, are better at making rational decisions and better able to screen out negativity and actually can work out math and reason problems faster than younger people.

That said, health problems, loss of a spouse, or loneliness and isolation can be the real enemy for older people, causing them to shut down intellectually not due to reduced cognitive ability, but because they might feel lonely and depressed.

Indeed, 82-year-old Jimmy Wilson, one of the people assigned to learning digital photography in the University of Texas study, told NPR that it would have been real easy to just become a total recluse after his wife died, but that he pushed himself to remain active, joining a church choir, keeping up on current events and organizing dinner dates with his family. By challenging himself, hes not only improved his brain health, hes improved his mental health.

Or maybe youve always wanted to learn another language. Penn State researchers found that anatomical changes in the brain that must occur when people successfully learn a new language, and which involves a strengthening of the brains network, can happen for people no matter what their age. Related research also has proved that older brains are capable of learning to play a musical instrument, and that learning to do so improves and maintains cognition. Same goes for the use of technology, like the internet, smart phones, and social media networks. What stands in the way isnt cognitive ability, as many assume, but fear and anxiety. Researchers have found that when older people take introductory courses in technology, or are mentored by someone who makes them feel comfortable, they learn just as easily as younger people.

Denise Park, the neuroscientist and lead researcher for the University of Texas study, says it perfectly in comments made to the Association for Psychological Science. It seems it is not enough just to get out and do somethingit is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially. When you are inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone.

David McNair handles publicity, marketing, media relations and social media efforts for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging.

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Help Set A Guinness World Records Title For Epilepsy Awareness For Purple Day – Satellite PR News (press release)

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

WHAT:The 3rd Annual Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy, Brain Games and Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title Attempt for the Largest epilepsy training session where we will be teaching seizure first aid.

Grab your purple gear and walking shoes for the 3rd Annual Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy and Brain Games led by Purple Day Founder Cassidy Megan. After the walk, let the brain games begin! Local and national organizations will host creative and educational brain games to support persons with epilepsy. There will be prizes, magicians, refreshments and a Purple Carpet photo opportunity. Make history by participating in establishing the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest epilepsy training session!

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WHEN:Saturday, March 18, 20178:00 a.m.: Registration Opens,Level 1, East Entrance9:00 a.m.: Purple Day Walk beginsin the Rotunda 9:30- 10:30 a.m.:Brain Games with Walk Sponsors and Local Advocacy Groups 11:00 a.m.: Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title Attempt: Largest epilepsytraining session

WALK SPONSORS: The Anita Kaufmann Foundation, Lundbeck, Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc., Eisai Pharmaceutical Company, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, LivaNova, Greenwich Biosciences, Inc., UCB Pharmaceuticals, Mall of America.

The Anita Kaufmann Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, whose mission is to educate the public not to fear people with epilepsy, seizures or brain trauma. The Foundations programs are designed to eliminate stigma and increase awareness of the condition and the impact on families and entire communities. It is the only organization in the world that focuses solely on educating the public about epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation is the global sponsor of Purple Day- World Epilepsy Day, and offers free epilepsy education and support to individuals and US Veterans.

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Electrical Stimulation Might Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients Fight Cognitive Effects – CBS Local


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Crowdfunding project of the week: Professor Einstein robot is the coolest digital assistant – Android Authority (blog)

Its time to dive into the crowdfunding world to find you another featured campaign. In this article series we aim to highlight the hottest projects from websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you dont have time to go through all these gadgets, and not all of them are that great. This is why we are here to curate them for you!

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Digital assistants are all the hype. Voice activated gadgets like the Amazon Echo and Google Home bring another level of interaction with technology, but we cant deny these still lack character. They are obviously robots and lack that human factor we can all relate to.

Albert Einstein could be the most popular genius to have ever lived, which is why Hanson Robotics picked him as the star for this venture.This little Professor Einstein robot is one of the coolest androids we have ever seen. In a nutshell, it is a digital assistant much like the competitors mentioned above, but interacts with the user on a whole other level.

Of course, it can get you the weather and other information, but it will do so in a tone and manner that would closely resemble Einsteins personality. You can even have a casual conversationand see his reactions, as the robot does feature gestures and facial expressions.

Feeling more interactive? Professor Einstein can guide you throughlessons, slideshows, mental kick starts, thought experiments, jokes, brain games and more in the Stein-O-Matic app.

This is all pretty cool, but a complex robot like this one must be pricey, right? You can get your name on one by backing the project with as low as HK $2,164 ($279 USD). Its not exactly cheap, but could be a great investment for your home. This robot will help you organize your day, aid the kids with homework and more. Not to mention the darn thing is so cool!

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CCAAA announces menu and schedules for centers for active living for week of Feb. 20 – Clearfield Progress

Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging has announced the menu and program schedule for its centers for active living for the week of Feb. 20.

All centers are closed Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents Day.

Senior Menu

All meals are served with 8 ounces of milk.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Baked turkey pot pie with potatoes and vegetables, coleslaw, buttermilk biscuit, mixed fruit salad

Wednesday, Feb. 22, Stuffed steak braciole with gravy, whipped potatoes, sliced carrots, dinner roll, gelatin

Thursday, Feb. 23, egg omelet with cheese, breakfast sausage, breakfast potatoes, white bread with jelly, navel orange

Friday, Feb. 24, breaded fish sandwich, cheesy bacon and chive potatoes, green beans, sandwich roll, pineapple and oranges

Clearfield Center for Active Living, 116 S. Second St., Clearfield, 765-9319, activities include Nintendo, Wii, Internet Caf, lending library, puzzles, Healthy Steps in Motion exercise and cable television. Swimming is held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Aquatics Club at Clearfield YMCA.

Bowling is held every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Clearfield Bowling Lanes. Cards and games are played every afternoon.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Intergenerational programming with YMCA children and 11 a.m., blood pressure checks with Cecilia Kelly, Clear Care Nursing Services. Card games will follow lunch.

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Generations Online: Internet Access and Literacy to Elders with Deron Knox, CCAAA Inc. Bring your own laptop or use one of the centers computer. Birthday party day. Card games to follow lunch.

Thursday, 10 a.m., Wii bowling and brain games. Card games to follow lunch.

Friday, 11 a.m., bingo. Card games to follow lunch.

Coalport Center for Active Living, 850 Rear Main St., Coalport, 672-3574, activities include Healthy Steps in Motion exercise, brain aerobics, puzzles, Internet service, bingo, quilting, crafts, lending library, cancer support group and cable television.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Healthy Steps in Motion exercise and 12:30 p.m., Heart Disease Prevention with Dan Dotts, Ridgeview Health and Rehabilitation

Wednesday, 12:15 p.m., birthday celebration, and 12:30 p.m., Health and Wellness: Better Nutrition with Jackie Anderson, CCAAA Inc.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Healthy Steps in Motion exercise and 12:20 p.m., bingo

Friday, 12:30 p.m., Name that president

Houtzdale Family Service Center, 40 Terrace Dr., Houtzdale, 378-5120, programs begin at 11 a.m. Activities include cards, games and television.

Tuesday, Medical Services America with Eric Burtnett, blood pressure checks with Richard Himes and PM bingo

Wednesday, Blood pressure checks with Jamie, Clearfield Community Nurses and PM bingo

Thursday, Exercise with Whitney and PM bingo

Karthaus Center for Active Living, 3637 Main St., Karthaus, 263-7277, activities include brain aerobics, crafts, Healthy Steps in Motion exercise, quilting, bingo, walking club, ceramics and intergenerational activities.

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Presidents Day trivia

Friday, 11 a.m., Crafts, cards and games

Kylertown Center for Active Living, 70 Senior Dr., Kylertown, 345-6338, activities include brain aerobics, Healthy Steps in Motion exercise, puzzles, Internet service, crafts, lending library and cable television.

Tuesday, 11 a.m., Healthy Steps in Motion

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Exercise with Penny and birthday celebration

Thursday, 10:45 a.m., cards, games, puzzles and crafts and 11 a.m. Beat the Winter Blues with bingo

Friday, 10:35 a.m., cards, games, puzzles and crafts and 11 a.m., Wii games

Mahaffey Center for Active Living, 58 Market St., Mahaffey, 277-4544, activities include Healthy Steps in Motion exercise, walking club, musical programs, brain aerobics, bingo, quilting and crafts.

Tuesday, 11 a.m., Vets Benefits with Betina Nickolas, Veterans Administration

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Glaucoma with Robin Orris, Blair/Clearfield County Blind Association

Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Healthy Steps in Motion exercise and walking class, Wii games and 11:15 a.m., blood pressure checks

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