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Strategies to Face the Unthinkable: When a Spouse is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

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The moment a loved one receives the terrifying diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, difficult changes are on the horizon. I can think of nothing more daunting than to be a spouse facing these challenges. The supporting partner must navigate relationship changes, safety issues, as well as medical and financial decisions. At the same time, they are left to grieve the relationship they once knew.

Life will soon be inexplicably changed forever. The partner, now altered by this disease, will likely exhibit challenging behaviors and unpredictable personality changes. It is a difficult road full of unthinkable demands for the one providing care. A new reality requiring a tremendous amount of support. Following are suggestions for those facing this tragedy. Continue reading

Strategies to Face the Unthinkable: When a Spouse is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

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The moment a loved one receives the terrifying diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, difficult changes are on the horizon. I can think of nothing more daunting than to be a spouse facing these challenges. The supporting partner must navigate relationship changes, safety issues, as well as medical and financial decisions. At the same time, they are left to grieve the relationship they once knew.

Life will soon be inexplicably changed forever. The partner, now altered by this disease, will likely exhibit challenging behaviors and unpredictable personality changes. It is a difficult road full of unthinkable demands for the one providing care. A new reality requiring a tremendous amount of support. Following are suggestions for those facing this tragedy. Continue reading

Glen Campbell and Alzheimer’s at the Oscars

Glen Campbell is a 78 year old man from Delight, Arkansas.
He has a wife and children. He’s had a busy career for most of his life.
It just so happens that career included over 70 albums, four which were platinum, one double-platinum. In case you’ve never heard, Glen is an icon of media and entertainment, well known as a country music singer and guitarist as well as the host of the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, a variety show on CBS. He was in movies with John Wayne and played music with greats like Elvis and the Beach Boys. This year his song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was up for Song of the Year at the Oscars.  Continue reading

Deepak Chopra: Can We Influence the Aging Process?

Is aging a prescribed process or do certain factors affect the speed and mode in which we age? In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses the relationship between the passage of time and our biological clock or sense of “age.”

Perhaps we can begin to entertain the notion that there ways to transcend the effects of time on our biological clock. Cultivating awareness, for instance, may be one way to affect our activities, our health and sense of self, and thus affect our relationship with time.

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Mallika Chopra: Coping with Loss

For our third hangout in the “Aspire to Inspire” series, Mallika Chopra hosts a discussion on “Coping with Loss.” She will be joined by Todd Hartley, CEO of WireBuzz who lost both of his grandparents at the same time; Chelsea Roff, who has been featured on CNN and the Hallmark channel with her story of coping with a mother who has alcohol induced dementia; and Laurel Lewis who practices as a hospice nurse and also runs Death & Dying Dinner events in Southern California. (You may remember Laurel from 30 Days of Intent!)

Join us for this poignant conversation right here or on The Chopra Well YouTube channel!

Three Myths to Dispel About the Brain

What if we could improve our memory, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and keep our brains young with just a few simple mindfulness techniques?

Deepak Chopra recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show discussing memory and the brain. With the recent release of his new book, Super Brain, co-authored by Harvard neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi, there has been a lot in the air about the connection between the mind, aging and brain health. Deepak and Rudy discuss some key themes from the book, including memory, love, and sleep, on The Chopra Well series, SUPER BRAIN.

As it turns out, we have more of a say in the strength and resilience of our brains than we may have thought. Here are three myths to dispel before we can harness the power of our “super brains.” If we can wrap our minds around these, then we are off to a great start.

Myth #1: Over the course of our lives, our brains continuously lose cells that will never be replaced.

Truth: We do lose brain cells as a natural course of wear and tear (about one per second), but these cells are replaced and can even increase in a process called “neurogenesis.” Several thousand new nerve cells come into being every day in the hippocampus, home of short-term memory. We can promote the birth of these new cells by choosing to learn new things, take risks, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding emotional stress and trauma, which have been shown to inhibit neurogenesis.

Myth #2: The brain is hardwired and cannot be changed.

Truth: Our brains are actually incredibly flexible, if we can just learn to nurture and foster their development. The term for this “re-wiring” is neuroplasticity and is dependent on our own will to try new things, tackle new goals and experience change. The brain’s circuitry can be reshaped by our thoughts, desires, and experiences. This property has been vividly illustrated by dramatic recoveries after injuries, but it also comes to bear every time you take a new route to work or learn a new skill.

Myth #3: Memory loss with age is irreversible.

Truth: It is possible to prevent and even reverse memory loss! Ever misplaced your keys and blamed it on old age? The fact is, you have to learn something in the first place before you can forget it. So it may be that you just never learned where you placed your keys. Practice mindfulness as the first step toward building a resilient memory. Also, memories associated with feelings are much stronger than memories based in simple, hard fact. We must take an interest in everything going on around us, stay alert, and resist feeling hopeless or apathetic about the aging process. Our brains are capable of miracles, regardless of age.

For more, watch Deepak Chopra on Dr. Oz, and grab a copy of Super Brain so you can start strengthening your brain right now!

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4 Tips to Offset Aging and Strengthen Your Brain

For many years the common understanding has been that, even if we don’t develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, our brains are bound to age and slowly deteriorate over time. It is an unfortunate fate that we all seem destined to experience eventually, and it doesn’t do much to foster positive feelings toward the aging process. But as it turns out, this narrative is only half the story.

In the latest episode of Super Brain on The Chopra Well, doctor Deepak Chopra and neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi discuss sleep, brain health, and Alzheimer’s disease. The verdict? Our minds and actions play a larger role in brain strength and the onset of disease than that earlier understanding suggested. Researchers still don’t know the exact causes of Alzheimer’s, though having a parent or sibling with the disease has been shown to increase one’s risk. But according to Deepak and Rudy in their new book, Super Brain, there is a lot we can do to keep our brains healthy as we age and perhaps even stave off neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.

Tips from Super Brain and the Alzheimer’s Association:

1. Eat well. This includes quantity and quality. Avoid overeating, and stick to a healthy diet of whole, balanced nutrients. Everyone seems to have their own idea about what’s healthy and what constitutes the best diet. But at the very least, most seem to agree that dark, unprocessed fruits and vegetables are key.

2. Stay active. Regular, moderate exercise keeps blood flowing to your brain and lowers the risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, which also reduces factors associated to Alzheimer’s.

3. Avoid stress. High levels of stress damage brain cells and take a toll on the body, in general. Keep your brain healthy by managing stress quickly and efficiently. Some strategies for this include maintaining social relationships and activities (the ones you enjoy!), meditating, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep.

4. Stay mentally active. You are never too old to learn a new subject or master a new skill. By pursuing new knowledge and tackling difficult puzzles throughout your life you will continue building synaptic connections and strengthening your brain.

For more on brain health, read Rudy and Deepak’s new book, Super Brain!

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