Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sky: Good Coach

A lot has been written lately about ways to “prevent” or “delay” dementia --

24 researchers in a study recently published in the Lancet reviewed the literature and found that the following factors impact dementia risk:
Avoiding or treating hearing loss in mid-life
Diabetes and obesity
Getting an education (remaining in school after the age of 15)
Getting physical exercise
Not smoking
Reducing depression and social isolation
Reducing high blood pressure 

I was surprised to see that keeping the brain busy did not make the list. I thought “use it or lose it” was common knowledge when it comes to physical and mental fitness as we age. Dr. P puts physical exercise at the top of the list, and I tend to agree with him. I notice how quickly I tend to lose bodily fitness when I’m not keeping active. Why should brain fitness be any different? So, I will just (very unscientifically) fold brain fitness into the physical exercise category, above.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sky: Alzheimer's Canyon, Part 8

…..Having just barely escaped the clutches of two employees of the Shady Way Home, our hero pauses for a look around and to make a plan….

[thinking out loud]…Yeah, let’s get re-oriented here. Gotta be careful. I want to see them first, before they see me,

Whoever “they” is…or are.

“Ha, Ha. Lil’ feller, You’re plumb out of luck on that strategy. Ah’m ALWAYS gonna see you first on account of y’all NEVER gonna see me first, or EVER!!”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sky: Alzheimer's Canyon, Part 7

When we last saw our intrepid traveler, he was in the midst of an awkward encounter with two employees of The Shady Way Home, who were determined to properly clothe him after a rough landing in Alzheimer’s Canyon….. 

“I’m not trying to be difficult. It’s just that this thing looks like a plastic diaper,” I explain to them.

“You know, hun, that’s because it is a plastic diaper. I wish I could offer you a selection of pastel colors that would be most attractive on you, but you’ll have to wait until we get back to the Home for that.”

“Hold it a minute,” I say. “I’m not going to any Home tonight. And besides, I’ve never been to your Shady Home, ever. And I don’t plan on starting anytime soon, like...ever…”

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sky: Game Night

I grew up in a family that appreciated games. The game closet was always overflowing, and playing games was the reliable “go to” activity if the weather was bad or we just didn’t know what else to do.

My parents were avid bridge players for years before their own neurological issues and frustrations took their toll. I remember [Yes, I do remember!] Bridge Nights -- when my parents moved all the downstairs furniture around, and dragged out the card tables for the massive evenings of Duplicate Bridge. I also remember feeling too young to understand the complicated system whereby each table played the same hands and somehow kept score on special pre-printed scoresheets.

I also remember that it was fine not to know how they did it. It was a different world than mine. The tables were head-high.  Special adult beverages appeared, and it was no place for little Sky to pad around in his fuzzy jammies with the plastic feet. Cute as I might have been….! I trudge upstairs to see what my sisters are up to. 

The Game of Life, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, or Clue.
Or just shuffle some cards, if nothing else to do
Rummy, 500 or Gin
No need to keep score just as long as I win.