AboutAlz.com Ends Regular Run

It’s been three years since I began this blog. I started it as a way to seek answers for myself. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia is staggering and the projected numbers are mind-boggling. Each year we are hopeful for the one miracle drug that will cure AD, but we have not reached our goal.

The untold number of hours that caregivers spend caring for their loved ones cannot be measured. It indeed takes a huge toll on their physical and mental health as well as their financial burden.

When I look at the visitor statistics for this blog, I know that other people are looking for answers as well. Although I am encouraged by the numbers to continue this blog, my situation has changed and I have accepted another challenge which requires that I devote some time to achieve success. I may return to writing this blog in the future, but I hope that it will not be necessary as we will have solved the problem and eliminated Alzheimer’s disease.

If I can summarize what we can all do at this point, it’s everything you would do to keep your immune system healthy such as:

  • Get adequate sleep every night.
  • Take enough Omega 3 and other necessary supplements. (Check with your health care provider).
  • Exercise as vigorously as you can.
  • Find enjoyment in life. Do things that you really love to do. Just because it’s been said that crossword puzzles are good for the brain, if you don’t enjoy it, why are you engaging in it?
  • Be grateful no matter what situation you are in. There’s a lesson to be learned in everything.

The Alzheimer’s organization is one source that has been very helpful in keeping us posted with the latest news and there are other sources that I’ve mention in this blog as well. Do check its Web site periodically. As I say good-bye for now, I thank you for your support.

In three days, it will be 15 years since my father passed away. September also marks one year since I started this blog. It has opened my eyes (and my brain) to so many things. I’ve written about a variety of subjects, a number of them focused on research. Most recently, I got involved in a study at George Mason University (GMU). As a part of this study, I consented for them to do an MRI of my brain which they did last week. The anticipation of it all was more nerve-wracking than the procedure itself. The MRI machine at GMU is just for brain research and is smaller than the typical machine that is used for diagnosing other diseases and problems in hospitals and imaging centers.

Also last week, I went to a near-by assisted living facility where a nurse practitioner from Georgetown University Medical Center spoke on Research in Alzheimer’s Disease: Hope for the Future. Her talk will be the topic of another blog post, but one of the main difficulties that research studies are facing is the lack of participants. There are many research studies going on across the country. In a previous post on research, I mentioned a government Web site where you can look at some clinical studies recruiting for volunteers. Even the study that I’m in at George Mason University is looking for more subjects. Send me an e-mail for more information — info@aboutalz.com.

So if you’ve ever wondered if Alzheimer’s disease research needs volunteers, the answer is a resounding yes! It will not cost you anything except your time. You will be contributing toward understanding the staggering fact that every 70 seconds, a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and with our aging population, the numbers will continue to rise. We must do all that we can to stop this and help find a cure!

Alzheimer’s Disease and Sudoku

Sudoku logo-108x108Earlier this year in my other blog, I wrote about ways to boost your brain power. It was a simple list of seven things that might help counteract age-related changes in the brain and perhaps stave off Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One was to play Sudoku. You may be a pro at Sudoku or you may be a beginner like me or somewhere in-between. In any case, Web Sudoku is an amazing Web site where you can find Sukoku for every level from easy to evil. You can download the puzzles as well. The best part? They have a cool button that says, “How Am I Doing?” so if you really need to find out if you’re on the right track, you could, let’s say, cheat, no, I meant get some assistance. Click here.

According to Wikipedia, Sudoku was popularized in 1986 by the Japanese puzzle company Nikoli, under the name Sudoku, meaning single number. It became an international hit in 2005.

With this being the week of Christmas and all the hustle and bustle, it would be refreshing to stop for a few minutes and work on a puzzle. Interested in playing with someone else? Check out the two-player Sudoku Combat.

From AboutAlz.com, Happy Holidays! Although many of you are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, know someone who is, or is a caretaker, I ask you to take care of yourself as your health is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to those you love. I leave you with this question: If health were your top priority, what would you be doing differently today? If your answer is, “I have no time,” what one tiny change can you make?

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Author's Parents (Dorothy and Mark Murakami) with Oldest Grandson (Brian)

Welcome to aboutalz.comLearning About Alzheimer’s Disease Together. I have a lot of questions about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and perhaps you do, too. September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day. The numbers are staggering — today there are about 35 million people in the world living with AD or a related dementia. In just 20 years, the number is expected to double. I am passionate about this topic because I am afraid … afraid that I might one day find myself in my late father’s shoes. The day I heard the words … Dad has Alzheimer’s … froze me in my tracks and is etched in my mind forever. I’m not the only one afraid. Approximately two-thirds of adults 55 and over also have the fear. See http://budurl.com/uvkl.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year … http://noranagatani.comHelping Seniors Live Happily Ever After … on senior topics that have touched me or my relatives and friends. It’s been a lot of fun. However, in listening to my mentor, Richard Dennis, the message is clear — I need to find a niche. A few months ago, I didn’t know; now I know that niche is Alzheimer’s.

I dedicate this blog in memory of my father who had AD and my mother who was his primary caretaker and in hope for all of us. I’m grateful for your visit and I hope my research will enhance your knowledge about this ravaging disease. I invite you on this journey with me.  I also invite you to read my story on my About Nora page on the tab above.

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