Enjoying an Active Lifestyle

In the following video, Alan M. Cohen gives us a complete summary of his supplementary diet that has really helped him stop Alzheimer’s Disease and even reverse the symptoms. Now, he’s enjoying an active lifestyle.

Alan says he took a cocktail 2-3 times per week of Razadyne, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Curry, organic flax seed cereal, Vitamin B12 (Chicken heart, liver, and gizzards for Vitamin B12 augmentation, multivitamin without iron, and Vflaxseed. He says to take the vitamin supplements and Razadyne regularly every day or you’ll regress and that it may take a few months for the cocktail to be effective.

I overheard a nurse saying that what Alan did makes complete sense and that had been hearing the same sounds for many years. And let’s be honest, when you’re in doubt, you should open your mind to reading and hearing about inflammation and our brain. Alzheimer’s Disease is a terrible condition so if some dietary changes will improve one’s life, just give it a go, wouldn’t you think?

Many people will get desperate and try anything to improve the condition their loved ones are in. I’ll tell you, both my parents are suffering from Alzheimer’s and turmeric and coconut oil have really made an enormous difference. Sure. it won’t make my parents 20 years old again, but this diet made them regained their laughter and personality again. Fortunately, some of the fog is lifted and let’s face it, all individuals are different and our medical world has definitely failed humanity regarding dementia.

Now let’s look at Mary Lou Douglas. At 70, she is enjoying an active lifestyle and helping other seniors add physical activity to their lives. She helps them to break through the barriers of silence. As a Certified Seniors Fitness instructor, Mary Lou is enthusiastic about the benefits of fitness for everyone, but especially for seniors.

“It’s never too late to start,” maintains Mary Lou who is knowledgeable about the benefits of physical activity. Mary Lou is well-aware of these heart benefits but, just like the most of us, she could be underestimating the importance of the physical activity package to our brains’ health and to better deal with the excuses for memory losses.

“There are now several studies suggesting that exercise has a protective effect on the brain,” states Dr. Sandra Black, Neuroscience Director at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. “Moderate physical activity is good for your vascular system and may help to release growth factors in the brain. People who exercise sufficiently are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.”

Add physical activity to your daily life
 Think of it as “activity” not “exercise.”
Set reasonable goals.
Choose activities that you enjoy.
 Start by adding a bit of physical activity into your daily routine such as walking to the store instead of driving. Walking is a safe and effective form of aerobic exercise.
Mix physical activity with social interaction whenever possible.
Check with your doctor about the kinds of physical activity that might be right for you or if you have specific health concerns.
Call your community information line to help identify local resources. Fitness classes for seniors may be available through seniors’ centers, the YMCA or YWCA, local churches, or municipal recreation centers.
 Contact the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging for information on Certification or instructors in your area (519) 661-1603/ www.uwo.ca/actage/

Dr. Black affirms Mary Lou’s belief that it is something that everyone should do. “I can’t emphasize how important this is for everyone, at every age,” exclaims Dr. Black.

According to Dr. Black, for people already living with Alzheimer’s disease, regular physical activity can help to combat some aspects of the disease. “People with Alzheimer’s disease have to do everything they can to reduce vascular risk factors which are also often inherited,” says Dr. Black. This is so important that Dr. Black, as he has so often and so closely listened to what other people have to say about the disease, makes it part of the treatment plan for her Alzheimer’s patients.

For Mary Lou, it isn’t just the physical aspect, or the mental stimulation of the program, that keeps her involved. It’s also the social aspects. Being socially active is another one of the action steps recommended by the Alzheimer Society because it has been found to have a protective effect on our brains. By combining physical activity and socializing, people are more likely to remain active. See also this post about how a small company supports the good work of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

“The fitness classes give all of us a reason to get dressed and go somewhere,” says Douglas who also helps to organize monthly coffee socials. “We recognize the importance of the social aspect as also so many families are affected when a family member is diagnosed with dementia.” acknowledges Douglas.

Exercises to improve balance are always a part of Douglas’s classes as well. Falls pose a risk to brain health so maintaining or improving your balance is vital for seniors. “Balance and strength are important for everyday living,” says Douglas. “Without these two things you really have trouble doing other things – walking, turning, lifting, reaching, and climbing stairs. “Improvements in strength happen quickly and are easily measured. It gives people such a boost when they can see that they are improving their well-being,” says Douglas. “It helps keep people engaged with living and helps them remain independent.”

Mary Lou is an inspiration for others who want to improve or maintain their brain health as they age. So, who does Mary Lou look to on those days when she could need a little inspiration herself? There is a couple in her fitness class who have been coming regularly for 15 years. “They say that they eat better and sleep better as a result of the exercise. That alone contributes greatly to their general well being,” notes Douglas. These two regulars are in their nineties, sharp and active. That should be an inspiration for all of us.

Receiving an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was very helpful. At the time, I knew little about the disease and my doctor suggested that I get in touch with the local chapter of the Alzheimer Society. There, I met wonderful people and learned about this disease. I joined a support group and that experience convinced me that I wanted to be more actively involved and work to defend the rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

I became a member of the Board of Directors of my local chapter and, recently, I presented a speech at the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference in Istanbul, Turkey called “Impact of Words.” It was about the stigma that people with this disease experience.

Words shape our perceptions, our thoughts and ultimately our actions. We need to rethink the words we use to describe Alzheimer’s disease and the behaviors associated with the disease. By choosing less negative alternatives, we can all begin to see new ways to think about, to connect with and to accept people with the disease.

Participating, meeting people and staying active, both mentally and physically, are for me a source of hope and help me to feel good!