It was my first day back in the Compass Plus program after the New Year Holiday and as ever Maureen was leading the participants in a creative and thought-provoking manner. My 11- year old Grandson, Brody, himself a seasoned volunteer, contributed in his own way. Part fun and part wisdom beyond his years. Maureen challenged us: “If there was one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?” Brody immediately wrote “no poverty, or homelessness and no starvation!” Wouldn’t that be amazing good news if Brody could achieve that?

Early this morning I was scanning the world news from the perspective of a British-American and European. As usual the headlines were either about the British Brexit problem or the US Government shutdown. Only on the British Sky News site was Brexit surpassed by someone winning $145 million on the lottery! Therefore, in search of more meaningful news and global material happenings that might improve the life of us all, I searched beyond the headlines and found two worthy stories to share. I think Brody might approve!

  1. Karen Penny: Walking for four years to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease research.

Both her husband’s parents died from dementia-related illnesses and she witnessed first-hand the impact on two families. Karen is embarking on a 20,000 mile walk that will take four years.

She is aiming to walk around the entire coast of Britain and Ireland. She plans to walk about 15 miles a day, walking seven days at a time and then take a rest day. She is planning to walk around at least 20 islands and will use Ordnance Survey and Google Maps to plan the route. Karen is hoping people may put her up in their gardens and she has contacted local walking groups to get local knowledge of each area.

Dementia became the leading cause of death in the UK in 2017. Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to changing that and, with their supporters, they are there to make breakthroughs possible and this is where the money Karen raises will go.

Through medical research, diseases like cancer and HIV and AIDS can now be treated and we can make the same progress for people with dementia.

To read the whole story please follow the link below.

  1. The Best Diet for 2019: The Mediterranean Diet: (Source US News & World Report, January 2nd2019).

 The word “diet” comes from the Greek root word “diaita” which means “to live one’s life” and from the Latin root word, “diaeta” meaning a “manner of living.”  At Memory Matters we emphasize the whole Mediterranean Lifestyle and not simply “diet.” However, what we eat is a crucial element of the lifestyle we strongly advocate. Here I share a few key findings from the US News & World Report:

The Mediterranean Diet was rated:

  • Best Overall
  • Best for Healthy Eating
  • Easiest Diet to Follow
  • Best Diet for Diabetes
  • Best Heart-Healthy Diet
  • Best Plant-Based Diet

 It’s generally accepted that the folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments. The not-so-surprising secret is an active lifestyle, weight control, and a diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods. The Mediterranean Diet may offer a host of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control. By following the Mediterranean Diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease.

There isn’t “a” Mediterranean diet. Greeks eat differently from Italians, who eat differently from the French and Spanish. But they share many of the same principles. Working with the Harvard School of Public Health, Oldways, a nonprofit food think tank in Boston, developed a consumer-friendly Mediterranean diet pyramid that offers guidelines on how to fill your plate – and maybe wineglass – the Mediterranean way.

Because this is an eating pattern – not a structured diet – you’re on your own to figure out how many calories you should eat to lose or maintain your weight, what you’ll do to stay active and how you’ll shape your Mediterranean menu. The Mediterranean diet pyramid should help get you started. The pyramid emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and flavorful herbs and spices; fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; and poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation, while saving sweets and red meat for special occasions. Top it off with a splash of red wine (if you want), remember to stay physically active and you’re set.

To read more please follow the link below:

Life is about what we dream and choose to make it. I look forward to sharing more thoughts as the year progresses. As always, thank you for reading our blogs and news releases that we publish every week on our website….. Volunteer Mike

If you would like to learn more about Memory Matters, our brain health education and memory care services, please call us at 1 843 842 6688. You can also call and arrange a 30-minute appointment for a free and confidential baseline memory screen. Probably the most important first decision to protect your brain health.

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