Splashes of Colours

Away from Her

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A short, though powerful, story. Alice Munro gives readers room for imagination, and will not bombard you with words which are unnecessary.

This is a story about an old couple, one of them has Alzheimer, and the other one has to go through some ups and downs that comes with his wife’s illness.

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Alzheimer is an intriguing topic, and I think the inner me has a fear that it might happen to someone close to me. So I googled and came across this article: http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2007/07/23/build-your-cognitive-reserve-yaakov-stern/

Here are some key take-aways to share:

– Life­time expe­ri­ences, like edu­ca­tion, engag­ing occu­pa­tion, and leisure activ­i­ties, have been shown to have a major influ­ence on how we age, specif­i­cally on whether we will develop Alzheimer’s symp­toms or not.
– This is so because stim­u­lat­ing activ­i­ties, ide­ally com­bin­ing phys­i­cal exer­cise, learn­ing and social inter­ac­tion, help us build a Cog­ni­tive Reserve to pro­tect us.
– The ear­lier we start build­ing our Reserve, the bet­ter; but it is never too late to start. And, the more activ­i­ties, the bet­ter: the effect is cumulative.
Yup, so now at least I can do something to reduce my own risks.
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