Category Archives: Memory

EVOLUTIONS JOKE

At one of my recent talks, someone asked me  why I was so active promoting brain health, cognitive health?  My answer at the time was “Because we didn’t know, but now we do!  Now that we know we have to do something about it.”  My answer may have had context after a talk, but not here.  So, I filled in the middle between “We didn’t know” and “Now we know and have to do something about it.”   It came out as

EVOLUTION’S JOKE                                                                                                            Based on our structure and physical capabilities we, as humans, should never have survived.  But evolution provided us with opposable thumbs and a unique brain with the capability for learning, reasoning, problem solving, planning, conceptual thought, and complex communication.  The brain that evolved provided us with a gateway into a world that went far beyond our natural surroundings.  It was a world we could create and expand.

The evolution of the human brain has given us fire, tools, the wheel, electricity, the telescope, cars, the steam engine, the train, the telephone, radio, the plane, television, digital electronics, space ships, to mention a few, and we’ve wiped out or controlled numerous diseases.  Our evolutionary success has even led to an increasingly older population.

Those are incredible accomplishments EXCEPT, that our older population, programmed to retire at the age of 65, has no defined societal age role and is plagued with memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is at the top of the charts with vascular dementia a nearby second.

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YOUR BRAIN IS YOUR PARTNER

Did you know that your brain and you are partners?   You take care of it, and it will take care of you.  But we’ve ignored the needs of our brain because we didn’t know it had needs. 

For centuries we’ve been led to believe that our brain is a fixed genetic inheritance and that it would always remain the same, perform the same way.  Genetics were king, or queen, as the case may be.  All we had to do is to fill up our brain with learning and put out the effort.  If we did that we would be home free.  NOT TRUE! 

From your very first gasp of breath your brain and you are partners.  How you take care of it will determine how it takes care of you, and that;s true at all ages.  What does that all mean?
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WE DIDN’T KNOW-NOW WE DO!

Is Alzheimer’s a disease?  YES, but it’s not a disease like the flu or a virus.  It’s not something air-born that you catch.  Alzheimer’s dementia is a cognitive malfunctioning of the brain that follows a path.  That path begins when we’re younger and continues throughout life.  Unfortunately,a lack of knowledge and understanding has pushed us down a path as we age that’s led to poor brain health, a brain that doesn’t function as effectively as it could, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia. 

Until recently we were led to believe that our brain was a fixed, genetic inheritance and we had to make the best of it.  NOT TRUE!  The internal structure of your brain is constantly changing, along with its capabilities, in response to what you do and don’t do.   Continue reading