First described in 1906 by German psychologist Alois Alzheimer, Alzheimer’s disease is incurable, degenerative and fatal. It attacks the brain and it is the most common cause of dementia. It is most commonly diagnosed in people over 65, although early-onset Alzheimer’s can occur much earlier.
Over 300,000 Canadians suffer from some type of dementia, over 60% of these have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (source). The government estimates that, by the year 2031 — when most Baby Boomers will reach 60 — over 750,000 Canadians will suffer from dementia. (more Canadian statistics)
The holidays are over for another year and we are all back to our everyday routines: guests have left, get-togethers are over, and the cold, bleak, very long winter stretches before us with no respite until (for some) Family Day in February. And even THEN it’s not over!
Feeling a little blue? That is very common this time of year. Shorter days, colder temperatures, post-holiday financial debt… January is a hard month for many people.
- Exercise (help shed those festive pounds you might regret in the cold light of January)
- Eat well
- Volunteer (helping others makes us feel better about ourselves)
- Learn something new Continue reading
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Stress is not necessarily a negative thing: it can push you to perform better and faster than you might normally have done, leaving you with a great feeling of accomplishment. In dangerous situations, it may even extend your life. At least one study even suggests that a small amount of short-term (“acute”) stress may help boost your immune system!