Alzheimers and Nutrition


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  • Test your exec­u­tive atten­tion capacity?Quick! say aloud what color you see in every word, NOT the word you read.Expla­na­tion: The Stroop test is used in neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions to mea­sure men­tal vital­ity and flex­i­bil­ity, since per­form­ing well requires strong atten­tion and self-regulation capability
  • Here’s a puz­zle to test your abil­ity to find a pat­tern and test it against more data.In this table, each row across fol­lows the same pat­tern of num­bers.See if you can dis­cern the pat­tern and fill in the miss­ing num­ber in the bot­tom row. For added chal­lenge (or com­pe­ti­tion), time how long it takes you to com­plete the puz­zle. Then, pass it along to some­one else and see if they can solve it faster. Exec­u­tive func­tions, like plan­ning, and spa­tial pro­cess­ing are han­dled by your frontal lobes.Puzzle Solution:(7x4)-8 = 20(3x9)-7 = 20(6x5)-10=20 (3x8)-4 = 20 The answer is 3.
  • Alzheimers and Nutrition

    1. 1. Dawn Burton, MS, Program SpecialistDanielle Y. Hairston Green, MA, Program SpecialistTe’Anna Reed, MA, County AgentJacqueline White, MA, Program LeaderPresented by Family and Consumer Sciences
    2. 2.  100 billion nerve cells Communication network Processes all forms ofinformation MysteryCerebrumBrain stemCerebellum
    3. 3.  Dementia is a loss of brain function thatoccurs with certain diseases. Mild cognitive impairment(MCI) is thestage between normal forgetfulness dueto aging, and the development of AD. Alzheimers disease (AD), is one form ofdementia that gradually gets worse overtime. It affects memory, thinking, andbehavior.
    4. 4. The Stroop Test
    5. 5.  Most common form of dementia Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging Difficulty remembering newly learnedinformation Alzheimer’s worsens over time Alzheimer’s has no current cure
    6. 6. There are two types of AD: Early onset AD:Symptoms appear before age 60. Late onset AD (the most common type):Occurs in people age 60 and older.
    7. 7.  Circumstantial Evidence Combination of Risk Factors Higher than Average Level of Aluminum Sources of Aluminum Aluminum absorbed in the body?
    8. 8. 7 4 83 9 76 5 10? 8 4Have you solved it yet? If not, here’s a hint:If you read your fig-ures like words in the West,then mul-ti-ply your efforts and sub-tract the rest.
    9. 9.  Maintain a healthy weight Move your body Normal Blood Sugar Low cholesterol Avoid known brain damagingsubstances(drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana) Active brain Avoid head injuries
    10. 10.  Eat green vegetables for folate (Spinach) Avoid the foods that have high levels ofSugar Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and a fewnuts and seeds to maximize antioxidants Avoid animal fats because they clog brainarteries Fish three days a week Spice things up! (Tumeric)
    11. 11.  Vitamin D 1000 Vitamin B 12 Axtioxidant (Vitamin E, Vitamin C) Essential fatty acids (fish oil, flaxseed oil,borage seed oil) After age 40 consider melatonin supplement(relax/rest)
    12. 12. Your doctor will evaluate your overall health and identify anyconditions that could affect how well your mind is working.Your doctor may refer you to a specialist such as a: Neurologist – specializes in diseases of the brain andnervous system Psychiatrist – specializes in disorders that affect mood orthe way the mind works Psychologist – has special training in testing memory andother mental functions Geriatrician – specializes in the care of older adults andAlzheimers disease
    13. 13. Please complete evaluationsSources