You can lead a horse to water..

It is September, which in the world of dementia advocacy, is referred to as World Alzheimer’s Month or Dementia Awareness Month (DAM), or even World Dementia Month. This name change has come about, to ensure inclusion of those who do not have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, but some other kind of dementia. It is…

A chance to make history for people with disability

By highlighting dementia as one of the many health conditions causing disabilities, I am joining the more than 1 billion people with disability campaigning for change! It is your chance to make history; to help make a lasting change for 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide, and I invite you to join the #WeThe15 campaign.…

Optimism, Resilience and your Attitude

As a long time optimist with an already high level of personal and professional resilience, brought up in a dysfuncitonal family where alcohol and mental illness were rampant, and never talked about, I have had to work on my resilience to maintain my optimism. This quote from Lou Holtz resonates with me, “Your talent determines…

Exercise: what happens in your brain

The article, A neuroscientist explains what happens inside your brain when you exercise, By Arash Javanbakht Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University, published June 12, 2021 is important as it highlights the impact of walking on brain health, and it is still Brain Health Awareness Month. “We all have heard details on how exercise improves musculoskeletal,…

Brain Health, 2 D-words and HOPE

Since my own diagnosis of a younger onset dementia 13 years ago, I continue to be disturbed by the lack of recognition of dementia as a disability and lack of proactive support to live with dementia. People newly diagnosed with dementia already have their hope taken away at the time of diagnosis, so to have…

Dementia: a major cause of disability

In June 2019, Dementia Alliance International, held the first Side Event at the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) ever to be hosted specifically focused on dementia as a major cause disability, and our rights under the CRPD. This is important in the context of brain health.…

Nourish your Brain

Food is an important component of brain health, so for my Brain Health Awareness Month series, today I am highlighting a podcast and book I read a couple of years ago, which I found very useful. Dr Lisa Mosconi is a neuroscientist, Professor of Neuroscience & Neurology, certified integrative nutritionist and associate director of the…