Lost HOPE: the impact on Brain health

There are many of negative side effects to losing hope in our lives, and this is especially true for people newly diangosed with dementia. It usually takes a lot of time, a lot of courage, and often, a lot of support from others living with dementia, to discover you can live a meaningful purposeful life,…

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.…

The 10 Best Foods To Boost Brain Power and Improve Memory

As we move through Brain health Awareness Month, it is more than encouraging to find so much material and so many new resources, as well as a lot more evidence based research on the value of promoting brain health. This short video prsentation provides a good summary about what foods best support brain health. “The…

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…

Dementia, Transcendental Meditation & Bredesen

More today on strategies to improve brain health, this blog was first published on my Living Beyond Dementia™ website… Anyone who follows this site knows I have been a believer in Bredesen’s Protocol, although I do have some healthy scepticism as well! In saying that, I believe if we don’t view dementia as a chronic disease, which…

The Problem of Dementia

Yes, it is still Brain Health Awareness Month, and although this blog is not specific to brain health, the webinar I am highlighting in it is not only a new way to see dementia… but shares what the author believes why it is a crisis, and what we can do about it. You are therefore…

Dementia, disAbility and the CRPD

I’ve become increasingly frustrated that academics, service providers, advocacy organisations, dementia consultants and health care professionals refuse to include in their work, and therefore our services, that dementia is a major cause of disability and dependence globally (WHO). A few others are starting to feel my pain, and Daniela Greenwood today made a comment to…