Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wow it has been ages since I have been on this blog. So you can imagine how  supprised I was to see people are still reading it.   My father in law died almost 9 yrs now since this terrible disease hit him.  I miss him very much. I think fondly of him often and talk out loud to him with the hope he hears me.

At work the other day, I was lucky enough to have a couple of patients with dementia/ alzheimer's.  I love those patients, especially since I usually notice not to many family memebers really understand what is going on with them. I love to try and explain what their loved one is going through and offer to give them one of my books.

So what are you going to boost your mind delaying the onset of dementia?

 Keep your mind active and sharp through various activities. Keep the mind healthy. Mental stimulation helps ward off memeory loss.  Watch a movie -- Watch a ball game -- Work on a cross word puzzle -- Join a chess club or gardening group -- Volunteer in your community -- Work a part time job -- Have a hobby- Ear a healthy diet -- Includ physical activity during your day, at least 30 minutes to increase your blood flow to your brain.

I wrote my Alzheimer's book about the daily trials and tribulations of taking care of my father in law in the hope to help other families who are dealing with the same thing.  It is important for caretakers to know that they're not alone, that others have experienced the same frustrations. Sometimes a caretaker feels very isolated -- the world, after all, doesn't stop, despite the sense that your world is frozen in time.

Thank you and God Bless You all.
Marie Fostino


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