Friday, March 7, 2014

5 Foods Your Brain Is Craving

We are always told to develop wiser eating habits in order to keep our bodies healthy, but how often do you think about keeping your brain healthy? What you feed your body can affect the health of your brain. These 5 foods are filled with nutrients to keep your brain healthy, which can help prevent Alzheimer’s and increase cognitive function.

1.  Blueberries

Blueberries have been linked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and are one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat, which is associated with brain health.
2.  Nuts and Seeds

These are a good source of vitamin E, which has been found help prevent cognitive decline. Nuts also contain high mounts of antioxidants and are great for boosting your energy!




 3.  Whole Grains
 

Keeping your heart healthy keeps your brain healthy. Since your brain uses 20 percent of circulating blood, consume whole grain foods that can reduce the risk of heart disease.
4.  Fish

Omega-3s and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been linked to healthier brain function, and fish are full of both. In fact, low DHA levels in the brain have been linked to a greater risk of developing memory loss, Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

 
5.  Tomatoes

Lycopene, an antioxidant abundantly found in tomatoes, acts to protect your body against harmful free radicals that can damage you brain cells, potentially leading to Alzheimer’s.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tips to Target Brain Health


We hear it all the time, "Studies show exercise is good for your health," but did you know that exercising your brain regularly is good too? Well it is, and it can be fun, entertaining and a lot less sweaty!

Here are a few tips to target your brain health, development and sharpness. Get those sweat pants and headbands on because we’re going to "brain-er-cise!"

             Snack on almonds and blueberries instead of a candy bar.

These snacks are packed full of Omega-3s, antioxidants and also help to lower blood sugar.



Put walnuts on your salads instead of crunchy croutons.
Not only are walnuts chock-full of Omega-3s, studies have shown that they make your mood better, calming brain inflammation that can lead to brain-cell death. Walnuts also help to replace melatonin in the brain, which is needed for healthy brain function!

            Go for a walk.
Walking for just 20 minutes a day can help lower blood sugar. Doing so promotes good blood circulation throughout the brain, which in turn, helps you think more clearly.

            Try something you’re not good at.

Challenge yourself in a brain activity you're not used to. For instance, try a game like Sudoku if you aren’t regularly involved with numbers. Or, if you work with numbers every day, try drawing. Even doodling helps activate both sides of your brain.


            Open your eyes! 
This may seem a little odd, but we promise it is great at stimulating your neural and spatial centers of the brain! Follow these steps:
1. Look straightforward at a focal point.
2. Without looking away from your focal point, try identifying different objects in the room using your peripherals.
3. Make it fun by asking someone to add objects to your peripheral for you to identify!

           Listen for the details.
As you listen to a friend tell a story, try to pick out the little changes in their voice and pay attention to the small facts you may not typically hear. This helps to activate many areas of your brain at once and helps to build memory.

            Take a breather.
Meditating for a short period of time every day helps to reduce stress. Did you know that stress actually hurts your memory? Meditation also helps reduce “focus-stealing” feelings such as depression and anxiety.



There are many ways to promote healthy brain function, growth and stimulation! Remember, your brain needs just as much exercise as the rest of your body.

For more, check out our website or join in on the conversation on Facebook.

Happy brain-er-cising!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Assessing Your Most Powerful Tool


“Today, an American develops Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds. By 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.” – alz.org

Detecting brain dysfunction early allows you to make the proper health changes and life adaptations. It’s so important to keep the most powerful tool in our bodies healthy, but monitoring your brain’s health is difficult.


Are you curious about how well your brain is working? Not anymore! The Ohio State University has developed a test to assess your cognitive function. It's not a diagnosis, but a tool to help yourself and your physician gauge your brain’s health.


For more information on this new tool, visit osu.edu/sage/index.html


Monday, December 23, 2013

Share a Story on Our New Facebook Tab!

We've just added a new tab on Facebook that makes it easy for you to share with us!   Drop by and read a few memories our friends have added, and consider adding one yourself! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Holidays from the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter.


The holidays are a wonderful time of year.  It is a time we spend with family and find support from the ones we love.  It is a time to enjoy the many gifts we have in our lives. 

Every day, the Alzheimer’s Association provides gifts to the clients and caregivers we serve.  We provide gifts of support, education and hope year round to thousands of Central Ohio families.  For those of you who have benefited from our 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900, Education Series, and Support Groups, you understand what a true gift these services are.  The staff at the Alzheimer’s Association feel blessed to be able to provide these gifts to our community.

During this holiday season we are asking you to consider three things:

Please make a year-end contribution. Give a gift that allows us to keep on giving.

Refer our good work to others so that we can continue to provide these gifts to the growing number of families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Give us the gift of your time and talent.  Whether it is for an event or clinical program, volunteering is a great way to share your gifts.





Every gift helps accelerate the discovery of a cure, connect individuals to clinical trials, and provide support groups and education.  Every gift raises the level of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease in Central Ohio.  Your gift gives someone you know or love a reason to hope. Your gift gives someone you know or love a reason to hope.  To give today, call us at (614) 457-6003

From everyone at the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, happy holidays and thank you for your support!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November marks the 30th anniversary whereby President Reagan declared November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  A significant month for certain, November is also National Family Caregivers Month.

There has been substantial progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s, but with more than 5 million American’s living with this disease which has no prevention, cure or even a solution to slow its progression, Alzheimer's Disease is still a disease that needs a strong fight.  It needs all of us — those touched by the disease, and those yet untouched — to push for a cure.

Last year, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio assisted families more than 16,000 times.  Further, we estimate that our supportive efforts are needed by three times that number, by our neighbors living in central Ohio.

As importantly, for every person suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia disease, there is one or more caregivers.  Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia assume heartbreaking responsibilities, coupled with personal and financial challenges.

I see these brave families every day.  I see their hope, determination and selflessness. I ask all of you to join us this month, National Caregivers Month, to “take a moment and thank a caregiver.”  Tell them they are not alone.  Also, share our resources with them.  Our 24/7 Helpline is staffed by professionals ready to offer compassion and support. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to use it by calling 1.800.272.3900.

Let us recognize these unsung heros of the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic.


Kenneth. E. Strong, Jr.
CEO and Executive Director

Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio