Excerpts—Brain and Alzheimer’s Research, Caregiver, Dreams

What’s the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

For some, a review, for others, an overview of the difference between dementia, the umbrella term representing a range of diseases contributing to cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia. Other types of dementia include Lewy body and frontotemporal. The article also includes a brief overview of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with resources to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Caregiving Caused Me to Divorce My Siblings

Robrt [sic] Pela, the youngest of five, was the sole caregiver for his mother with Alzheimer’s. “Faced with her illness, my siblings made it clear they weren’t going to help Dad and me care for her.” Pela’s friend Deanne who runs family caregiver support groups says, “There are three kinds of slacker siblings: Those who are totally absent; those who only offer criticism, and those who accuse their sibling of swiping their parents’ money.” Pela had all three and was unwilling to forgive them. He writes of the many reasons (excuses) why siblings don’t step forward to help care for Mom or Dad.

Likely cause of Alzheimer’s identified in new study

“Understanding how the amyloid-beta-fat complex affects brain capillaries may open up potential medical options to either treat Alzheimer’s disease or slow down the condition’s progression.” Dr. John Mamo, Ph.D. of Perth, Australia, reports that when the amyloid-beta proteins made in the liver of the test mice combined with fats and traveled to the brain, these “potentially toxic fat-protein complexes can damage microscopic brain blood vessels called capillaries and, thereafter, leak into the brain, causing inflammation and brain cell death.”

Neuroplasticity Completely Changed How I Think

Over a period of two years, Australian-based Tim Denning, a negative thinker, rewired his brain. He began by writing down his beliefs: Never trust strangers. Anger is a superpower. He then looked at what beliefs he’d have to adopt to change. “Neuroplasticity helped break the mental wiring that caused me to see the end of the world.” Denning adds that if more of us can do this work, we can change communities… the world.

Lone boater on Stone Lake in Wisconsin at sunrise

How to Recover Dreams Deferred By COVID-19

Larry Jacobson deferred his dream to sail around the world for 33 years. He finally did from 2001 until 2007. For those of us feeling off-balance by having to postpone our dreams, he advises, “Remember, it’s your long-term vision that drives you through short-term obstacles.” Start with one piece at a time. “When you commit to an idea, your brain believes you and gets in line with the plan.”

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