Good news for people who feel a hint of anxiety every time they forget where they put their keys. More than 50 percent of Alzheimer’s cases may be preventable.
In fact, research suggests that there are seven key healthy lifestyle changes people could make to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
The Super 7
More research is needed to confirm whether there is a causal link between these seven key risk factors and Alzheimer’s. But there are plenty of other good health reasons to make the following changes:
Get moving. Inactivity is linked to greater Alzheimer’s risk, so take a daily walk. Walking every day can prevent your brain from shrinking, too.
Don’t smoke. If you do, quit. Smoking may up the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Eat more bananas. The potassium in this cheap and plentiful year-round fruit can help lower your blood pressure by as much as two to three points! And low blood pressure at middle age may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Go to bed. Getting a good night’s sleep can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, so get your ZZZs because research suggests that developing type 2 diabetes may up your chances of getting Alzheimer’s.
Walk outside. People who exercise outside — versus at the gym or inside the home — have less depression. That’s good news for the brain, because depression may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Take a class. Higher education is linked to lower rates of Alzheimer’s.
Drop a few. Becoming obese at middle age may be connected to higher Alzheimer’s risk.
Classes are scheduled to begin on March 2nd. It may be a smaller group than I would prefer, but interest is growing as I meet more seniors, and slowly but surely spread the word. I have been offered FREE space at a seniors residence (Chartwell’s Cedarbrooke in Mission) which means I am able to lower the price for the series to the benefit of all!
The space is a choice between two depending on the size of the group. The private dining room is marvellous for a small group and will accomodate tea/coffee and cookies along with the necessary charts etc. The second space is the Theatre which is a very good size for larger groups and has PowerPoint capability along with space for tea/coffee and charts etc. The chairs in the Theatre are a tad too comfortable perhaps, but no-one would complain about that.
At this point I need to settle the approximate count according to active registrations and determine where we will begin – dining room or Theatre. We can take last minute registration but this delays the start of the first session so I prefer pre-registration when possible.
Advertising in a local magazine designed as an information guide is attractive and effective! Writing 200-300 words every other month is not difficult and I can gradually educate the readers as to what we are doing. The magazine is glossy, colouful and each ad can be personalized – all great! My thanks go to Cory Cassel and “WhatsOn” for assistance.
It has been a difficult start for classes, mostly due to extreme weather! The location for classes was not suitable for seniors dues to lack of accessibility, but the offer of a seniors centre location with large theatre or dining/meeting room has solved the later problem. We will also be better able to serve tea/coffee/snacks etc and enjoy a private and comfortable setting. It makes a huge difference when the ambience is right.
I anticipate having some fun as well as serious thought, and am preparing for the first day with great pleasure! If you are local and can be there, join us and add to the general sharing.
Explore unexamined, self-limiting beliefs, stereotypes and assumptions about aging and make better, more conscious choices about our worldviews on aging;
Develop self-compassion to cope more effectively with change, worry, and stresses associated with aging;
Discover and reflect on what has given heart and meaning to our lives and how that informs our intentions for our aging process;
Enhance connection and reduce isolation from others and the web of life by understanding our shared humanity in the aging process;
Reduce fear and increase acceptance in the presence of death and dying for ourselves and for our loved ones.
The workshops will focus on listening to our own inner wisdom and guidance, integrating Talking Points and best practices, sharing in intimate conversation circles, and listening to the collective wisdom of the group.
Introduction to Conscious Aging
Death Makes Life Possible
Surrender – Letting Go
Creating a New Vision of Aging
Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
34033 Lougheed Hwy, Mission
January 10 to February 28, 2017
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm
Iris Todd-Lewis MEd, BA, RN (ret’d)
Iris segued from Registered Nurse to instructor while working for Corrections Canada, was a co-therapist within the Sexual and Violent Offender Programs, and taught Life Skills to inmates. When she had completed writing the Licensed Practical Nursing Program for a private college, Iris spent two years offering workshops in Health Education, Time Management, and Presentation Skills etc. while also facilitating classes for Vancouver City College in the Instructor Diploma Program. Iris taught several years for Fraser Valley University teaching the “Introduction to Adult Education” (ADED301) course before winding up her working career as a Realtor. This experienced presenter with a diverse set of skills and experience is pleased to now offer workshops on Conscious Aging as an accredited facilitator for IONS.
The first set of workshops to be offered in the Fraser Valley of BC begin in 2017!
Starting on January 10th and running every Tuesday afternoon until February 28th, the series will be offered at the local Chamber of Commerce in Mission, BC. Those interested should register soon and if the full fee is paid by January 1st, will receive a 25% discount.
Times are 2 pm to 4 pm, and please note there is limited accessibility. The conference room is on the upper level and accessed around the side of the building by a series of stairs. There is good lighting there.
This is an exciting time…the Mission and surrounding area boasts many active and interested seniors, although younger folks are encouraged to join in!
I had no idea that responses would be so multiple when I began this site. Regrettably, much of what I receive is objectionable spam and I am frustrated with this aspect. I cannot realistically examine the thousands of emails I receive! For those who wish to sincerely contact me, I suggest using my personal email. Alternatively, you can place a “code” in the title bar “Iris, personal”.
Shingles is a painful, debilitating disease. It is also totally preventable.
Please join me in protesting the charge for shingles vaccine in Canada. This a recommended vaccine for older adults as 1 in 3 are likely to get Shingles in older age. Unfortunately many don’t do this due to either lack of knowledge or the cost charged to them.
In Canada, a patient will pay anything from $150.00 and up for this prescribed prevention. After having their family doctor write the Px, they fill this at a pharmacy and then take the sera to the local Public Health office or back to their doctor’s office for injection.
As this is a highly recommended and effective vaccine, I believe it should be incorporated into the PH vaccine requirements as a FREE service. Write to your MLA and MP to apprise them of the above!