by Kerry Cue
I’m trying to remember the name of a pioneering neuroscientist. ALOIS … What’s his name? You know. ALOIS … Alzheimer. Alois Alzheimer first observed the amyloid plaques in the brain of an otherwise healthy patient in 1906. ALOIS. I think it’s a start if I can remember that name.
The article BANKING AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S written by Professor David Bennet, director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, was published in The Scientific American last year. I was expecting to find news of an imminent cure, but I was sadly disappointed. According to Prof Bennet, who is in charge of 100 scientists working on the project, ‘drug development for treating Alzheimer’s has been slow and marked mostly by disappointment.’
Moreover, ’as researchers continue to untangle the intricate web of disease mechanisms, it makes sense to focus on preventing Alzheimer’s in the first place—to apply what we know about strengthening our brain to withstand the hits that come with aging.’ And here is the big news. Subjects who faired better regarding Alzheimer’s had more neurons, that is heavier brains. So beef up that brain of yours for successful aging.
Dali’s surreal paintings inadvertantly capture the disjointed memory of Alzheimer’s.I added the cloud border to push the imagery even further back into the memory.
11 ways to stave off Alzheimer’s*:
1. Pick your parents well! Then you’ll get good genes, a good education and avoid emotional neglect.
2. Keep physically and mentally active.
3. Be social.
4. Do new things.
5. Relax. Be happy.
6. Avoid negative types including family members.
7. Work hard.
8. Set goals. Find a purpose in life.
9. Healthy heart, healthy mind. Diet and exercise matter.
10. Eat that green leafy stuff and other vegetables.
11. Be lucky!
*As suggested by Professor Bennet according to current reseach.