alzheimer’s and brain health

y’all know i take my health seriously. and that includes my mental health too. but did you know that our physical health is directly tied to our cognitive health? if i’ve said it once i’ve said it a thousand times – exercise is key not only for our bodies but our brains when it comes to aging with grace, strength, and beauty. 

did you know that Alzheimer’s disease has been the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.? unlike other chronic diseases Alzheimer’s cannot be cured, stopped, or reversed. sadly, women outrank men when it comes to this disease. nearly two-thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women.

Brain Health

despite the prevalence of Alzheimer’s in the U.S., it is a misunderstood disease. so today, i’m here to shed light on how we can maintain our brain health. because no one wants to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s. and all of us want to keep our cognitive development in tip-top condition. yet, how much do we know about maintaining our brain health?  well, MDVIP can help. as a matter of fact, let’s take a Brain Health IQ quiz they created to help understand the risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. knowledge is power. right?! 

i recently took the brain quiz and found it to be quite informative. and don’t worry if you don’t get a passing score. 46% fail the Brain Health quiz. which goes to show we need to arm ourselves with much more information. i passed with a 77%. yikes! i had no idea that 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. sad but true.

one of the questions from the Brain Health quiz asked if depression can be commonly mistaken for Alzheimer’s. and it can. i got this one right. depression, along with stress and anxiety can interfere with concentration, resulting in forgetfulness, and confusion, that disrupt daily activities and appear as Alzheimer’s. this is good to know especially since amidst Covid-19 nearly two out of three Americans feel depressed and anxious.

what i didn’t know was that a misdiagnosed urinary tract infection can cause delirium which mimics Alzheimer’s symptoms. now i know. didn’t i tell you knowledge was power?

but there’s good news. there are many things we can today to reduce our risks from any of the above diseases that impact both our long and short term memory. brain health activities like crossword puzzles are good for us. so take a moment out of your day and solve those puzzles!

it’s also a good idea to maintain normal levels of vitamin D and B12. so work with your doctor to help you keep track of both vitamin D and B12. vitamins and supplements are good for the body and brain.

a big thank you to MDVIP for this sponsored post. and ladies, don’t forget to take the Brain Health quiz.

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26 Comments

  1. Patricia Clifford wrote:

    Thanks for this. I got a B…whatever that is…several things I didn’t know and now do and can ramp up my health practices hopefully, to avoid this horrible disease !

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
    • the quiz is a great way to inform us and motivate us about our brain health.

      Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  2. Rose wrote:

    Good information Beth. Love your sweater. Is there a link? That color looks great on you.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  3. Laura wrote:

    Thank you for the posting…very important information linking overall health and Alzheimer’s. I did take the IQ test and was pleased, and somewhat surprised, that I did so well on it. Just a suggestion, however; in the future, when you post links to “sponsored” health or medical information, could you please indicate that at the beginning of your post? In this case, concierge medical care is very likely out of many readers’ reach, which certainly doesn’t devalue the post but could possibly imply that you are endorsing their product.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
    • MDVIP created the Brain Quiz. Helpful information for all of us.

      Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  4. Linda L wrote:

    My late mother in law was diagnosed with alzheimers at 65. She was active, highly intelligent and took care of her health. The one thing that I may add to this excellent post and the one consistent behavior of my mil was the use of pesticides. Her garden was gorgeous and the tomatoes she grew enormous. Before a backyard event she would use 3 cans of a very popular bug spray to keep away mosquitoes and flies. IMHO I truly believe this added to her risk of getting the disease.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
    • a devastating disease that takes its toll on the entire family. God Bless.

      Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  5. Lorraine Kweens wrote:

    I look forward to all your recipes, fashion, and health information. Thank you I love all that you do. Would love to meet you one day.💕💕

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  6. Lyn wrote:

    Wonderful post today. I learned quite a bit while taking care of both of my elderly parents – at one time I had a hospital bed in our living room, and I slept in the family room for the 6 weeks my parents were staying here for respite care. One thing that stands out in my mind the most – we must stay hydrated – either drinking enough water, or getting enough moisture in our diets – such as fruit cups, homemade soups, etc. During my mother’s last days in the hospital they put an IV drip in, and within an hour she was not only speaking which she had not done in months, she was also reading the charts on the hospital walls. She had been a voracious reader, but prior to getting this hydration she actually was holding a book upside down and trying to read it. A good diet is a key to keeping our mental health intact.

    Beth, I must also say that I viewed your jeans video this morning – you rocked every single outfit. I spent 30+ years in a professional work environment – wearing suits and heels every day. Now in retirement it’s pretty much exclusively jeans. I feel liberated! With everything going on today in the world, my outside travel is primarily for groceries, but I make sure I dress like I’m going out to a casual dinner with my husband – jeans, blazers, animal print flats. It gives you a real lift. I love your blog – it’s a real labor of love and it shows.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  7. Cindy D. wrote:

    Wow, thanks for this, Beth. I scored a 74 but more importantly, learned some things I didn’t know about aging and brain health.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  8. Catherine wrote:

    I love your messages and pictures. Interesting subjects and nice outfits. You have encouraged me to dress a little bit better even if I am only going shopping or errands. from Ottawa, Canada

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  9. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Out of everything you have offered us, Beth, today’s post proves your love for us. Thank you for using your God-given gift to address Alzheimers and hopefully, its prevention in our life. Will take the quiz. Promise! Already do crossword puzzles. And just yesterday, to exercise my brain, arranged pantry items slightly different. Was tempted right away to switch back but resisted, telling myself this step may reap rewards! Love you, Lady~

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  10. Kathye Vance wrote:

    Thanks for the valuable information! Enjoy your posts and your d-i-l’s recipes!

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  11. Arna wrote:

    I agree with everything you say, but there are no guarantees. My mother ate healthy food, was always slim, exercised before anyone else thought it was a good idea, worked (so kept her brain working), read, did crossword puzzles, took vitamins, everything right, and she has late stage Alzheimers. Not to say don’t do everything to stay healthy (I am doing my best for sure), but we need to find a cure for Alzheimers. My mom is in memory care, and I see the ravages of this disease (in her and in others). Doing the right things for our health can help aging in so many ways. Thank you for your posts. I enjoy reading them.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  12. Sharyn wrote:

    Thank you for sharing Beth. I did pretty well on the quiz. I lost my mother to dementia at the ripe old age of 98 after a 10 year decline which was heart breaking for a accomplished women like her who was in excellent physical health. The emotional toll on me as the only child and only family member close by was significant. The Alzheimer’s Association was my lifeline.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  13. Andrea wrote:

    If you are in doubt, about dementia, your doctor can administer a cognitive test that takes 10 minutes. I suffer from anxiety and after a particularly stressful time, experienced a bout of extreme forgetfulness. I asked my doctor to assess me, and after passing the test with flying colours, thankfully, he assured me it was just my disorder. You are right in that anxiety and depression can have similarities to mental decline, so if you are truly worried, get a professional assessment.

    Early diagnosis and treatment of dementia is key. The danger of internet medicine, is that more dangerous conditions that need immediate intervention go untreated until too much damage is done. It takes a minimum of 8 years to become a medical doctor – and then training in family medicine. 10 minutes on the internet vs 10 yrs? Just saying.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  14. Lindsey A wrote:

    Thank you so much for shining a light on this. My dad is 81 and barely remembers how to even use a knife and fork these days, and certainly does not remember any of his loved ones any more. It is heartbreaking to see.

    In my research, I’ve heard that one of the reasons they think that women are more impacted than men is because the women in their 70’s and 80’s now and in the past have not traditionally been as educated as men, so they expect it will become more gender balanced over the next few decades. The more neural connections we have, the more that alzheimers has to break down before it starts having the more devastating consequences. And education builds those connections. The good news is that we can build those connections throughout our lives, and that learning new things is one of the best ways of doing it. So if you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, or a musical instrument, it’s not too late, in fact, it might be better in some ways than having learned it as a child, since it gives our older brains something interesting and enjoyable to focus on. Also, travel to different cultures is another great booster, so even though we’re all safe at home, this is a perfect time to learn about other places that might go on the bucket list to visit once we can do that again.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  15. Belinda wrote:

    So informative! Thank you for the quiz link. I love quizzes, games, and puzzles – and at 61 I try to stay informed about how I can continue to remain both physically and mentally strong as I age. It appears I’m doing pretty good! I scored 82%. I also added new arsenal to my artillery: (things I never knew I didn’t know), which of course was the main objective here! Awesome post!

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  16. jackie wrote:

    Thanks so much for posting. I grew up with a mother with the disease. Her way of dealing with it was that she kept exceptionally detailed diaries of everything she was doing and lists, My brother was a crossword person. Dementia can start very young and we know so very little about it. My uncle left his brain to research……. it is a horrible disease and its effects are very far reaching. As a Lawyer I often found myself searching for words , I of course panicked but a client who is a doctor said to me I am sending you to a friend in the field I was hypothroid. I still practice what my mum and brother did just in case. The disease is so isolating and not only for the patients but the carers…. So very gracious of you to bring this to peoples attention. The other thing that happens is that the family becomes isolated as their friends do not understand the disease

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  17. Stephanie Bailey wrote:

    Thanks Beth!
    We love our MDVIP Dr. & take a short mental test each year now during part of our physical

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  18. Linda Bell wrote:

    Thank you for bringing attention and awareness to a subject that affects so many, but especially women.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  19. Jo Sellen wrote:

    Hi Beth, do you have any suggestions for arthritis in hands and fingers?
    Thanks.

    Posted 10.7.20 Reply
  20. Pam wrote:

    My mom did word search books for years. I think she was in her late 80’s when we realized she had dementia. We found out when she wrecked her car. We asked what happened, and she said she was trying to get close to the other car. She ran someone up in a front yard, just down the street from her house. That was the last of her driver’s license. She went downhill after that. But she was 88 when that happened. She lived until she was 96. The last few years in a nursing home, which she thought was a hospital. She raised seven kids by herself. So I hope I do as good as she does. I’m 61 now, so I have a few good years yet. I started taking folic acid because I read that can help your memory. So far so good.

    Posted 10.8.20 Reply
  21. Kathy wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Thanks for educating us about Alzheimer’s & dementia. All the information you share comes from a good place & I appreciate it!

    Posted 10.8.20 Reply
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