Australia’s ABC has a terrific article about waking with poles. It is very relevant to people with Parkinson’s as there is no doubt that exercise (raise your heart rate and really move-your-body type of exercise) protects your brain cells and slows down the progress of the disease.Continue reading “Walking Poles”
Just as Parkinson’s is an insidious disease that creeps up and takes things away, the effect on the life of partners is just the same – insidious and inexorable.
For everyone with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or any other neurodegenerative disorder, there is almost always someone who walks alongside every step of the disease progression. It’s not the doc tor, or nurses or anyone from the local Parkinson’s disease association doing the twenty four hour shifts. It’s the partner.Continue reading “Partners”
The Psychology of Ageing is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve listened to in a while.
When I went to medical school, the belief was that you got your full quota of brain cells at birth. It was downhill from there, and you entered old age with not many brain cells left.
What a joy it is to know that this belief is a load of rubbish.
Here is a great article, summarising recent research on the birth of new brain cells during our lives.
It is a reminder that you use your brain or you lose it, so lifelong learning stimulates the birth of new brain cells.
I can recommend learning a musical instrument – you can do it at any age. Making music on your own instrument really makes your brain work, whether you are a beginner or an old hand at it.