Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kitchen Intuition: Alzheimer's, lifestyle and food

I went down a rabbit hole this week and never did make it back out. In a matter of just a few days, I read news of Julianne Moore’s Oscar win for a movie about someone with early-onset Alzheimer’s, my sister passed along an article she’d read about how cookbook author Paula Wolfert is fighting Alzheimer’s with food, and I ran across a Kickstarter project called Bread Head about "the intersection of diet, lifestyle and brain health."

That convergence prompted me to take a closer look at the reach of Alzheimer’s and the things we can do to push back. I had assumed it was a problem that is up to the research scientists and physicians who are on the front lines, fighting Alzheimer’s and many other diseases. But after a bit of looking around, what I found out is that we’re all engaged in the battle with Alzheimer’s, especially as the disease’s impact and number of cases increases at a staggering rate. But the good news is that there is a lot each of us can be doing to reduce the chances that we or our loved ones will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

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