I sometimes joke that I’m so busy, I can’t remember what I had for lunch the previous day. The information in this newsletter was taken from an article published in Splurge Magazine written by Karen Long in the Alzheimer’s Association. After reading the article, I realized that some of my contemporaries whom I practice with or against are displaying some of the warning signs. So I thought it would be best that I pass this information along.

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8. Decreased or poor judgement.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10. Changes in mood and personality.

These are four things all of us can be doing right now to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Physical activity. “First and foremost we need people to be exercising.” Aim to get your heart rate up at least 3-4 times per week.
2. Brain enrichment. Puzzles and word games are what most people think of, but his could also mean art and music, for example, or any new learning that gets the brain firing.
3. Be socially active. “From a cognitive standpoint social interactions are very complex.” This provides brain stimulation – and is also good for us emotionally, and important consideration because people with a history of depression are at higher risk.
4. Protect your head. Wear a helmet when riding bicycles or motorcycles, or playing contact sports, to minimize head trauma and low-level concussions.

Be careful,

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