My grandpa was one of most charming, humours, fun and interesting people you could ever meet. He always had a story to share, a song to sing or adventure to encounter.
As a little girl, I would visit him at his marketing company and look at all of his art supplies. As a teenager, I would visit him in his backyard studio and watch as he sketched and painted. As an adult, he and I would visit galleries and museums, taking in all the works of art.
My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but his love of art- and his charm- was always there. It was because of him, that I was motivated to work for an Alzheimer Society- first in his honour and now in his memory.
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month.
- 12%- your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia
- 30%- what your chances increase to if you have a family member with the disease
- 29- age of the person who is the youngest known person with the disease
- 35 million- number of people, worldwide, currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia
- 34 million- population of Canada
- 604 billion- global cost to society for dementia care in 2010 (US dollars)
At this time, there is no known cause for Alzheimer’s disease nor is there a cure. While you cannot prevent Alzheimer’s disease, there are things you can do to lower your risk of developing the disease, including making healthy food choices!
A friend, and Dementia Support Counsellor, shared this Fruit Smoothie Recipe with me (and some of her clients)
- 1.5 cups of fruit juice
- 1/3 cup of yogurt
- 1/3 cup fruit
- 1 banana, sliced
- Please see notes (below)
- Add all ingredients into a blender
- Blend until smooth (roughly 1 minute)
- Pour into a glass
- You can use the juice, yogurt and fruit of your choice. My friend used orange-mango juice, strawberry yogurt and frozen blueberries.
- Do not use apple juice (the acid separates the yogurt).
- Makes two servings.
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, please visit www.alzheimer.ca or your local Alzheimer Society/Association.
Thanks to Neely for letting me guest post! You can find me at www.dreamsandcolour.blogspot.com
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