Happy Father’s Day! I want to send love to all the fathers in the world. I would also like to send a prayer up to my father that I lost in 2000. This year makes 20 years since your passing, and I miss and need you more than ever in these times. You will forever live in my heart and soul daddy!
Welcome back to another week on the Wellness Corner with Cassandra.
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. “Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain affecting an individuals' ability to remember, think, and plan," according to the Alzheimer's Association. During this month, many people worldwide show their support for loved ones by fundraising, campaigning, and raising awareness through social media. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "worldwide, an estimated 47 million people live with Alzheimer's and other dementias, and without a change, these numbers are expected to grow to 76 million by 2030." So how can you help? During June, the Alzheimer's Association suggests that people "go purple and use their brains to fight this devastating disease.”
Start The Conversation
Many companies are encouraged to start having conversations in the workplace about the disease and how it affects so many families. Caring for a loved one with the disease can be very difficult at times and requires long hours and lots of patience and commitment.
In 2009, my Uncle Earnest Sullivan lost his battle with Dementia, and his caretaker, my Aunt Helen,worked tirelessly by his side, ensuring that he received the best care possible.
Many people do not realize the emotional and physical commitment this requires, and these caregivers are often not given all the resources they need to take on such a giant task. To honor his memory and my Aunt's hard work and dedication, I have participated in the fundraising walks and campaigns that support research and resources for families of those living with the disease.
Take The Challenge
Friends, I challenge you to do the same this month. June 21st is “the longest day." This day honors those living with the disease. To get more information about this day, go to alz.org/thelongestday. Also, the Alzheimer's Workplace Alliance (AWA) is a group you can establish at your workplace that works to support employees and their wellbeing. So stay encouraged and find ways to get active and help. I want to send love and condolences to anyone who has ever lost a loved one to the disease. And would like to extend a great big hug to all the world's caregivers that give up many hours of their time and energy to support their patients. I see you! You are a fantastic gift to this world!
Get Your Brain Going
Friends, here are a few suggestions, according to the Alzheimer's Association, that we can incorporate into our daily lives to promote better brain health.
- Learn something new! Books are a fantastic resource for gaining further information and insight into the world. Raised consciousness is imperative in these times!
- Take care of your heart. Did you know that heart health connects to your overall brain and cognitive health?
- Be careful and use protective gear when performing high-performance activities. Yes, put on that helmet!
- Eat Healthy foods that promote healthy brain flow and movement. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent food source.
- Sleep. Your sleeping habits contribute to your thinking and memory.
- Mental Health. Ensure that you are paying attention to your mental health and seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, and stress.
- Friends. Stay connected with friends and have meaningful interactions that bring you joy. Most importantly, be your best friend; don't allow people to take advantage of you or hurt you.
- Stimulate your mind. Try out games, puzzles, etc. that challenge your brain.
- Exercise. Get your heart going and allow your blood to move freely through your body. "studies have found that physical activity reduces cognitive decline.”
Here' a quick recipe high in antioxidants that help with brain function and activity. And did I mention it is super simple and delicious?
Berry Fruit Bowl
1/2 cup blueberries
¼ cup blackberries
¼ cup raspberries
½ cup sliced strawberries
One tablespoon of Cool whip or Whipped cream
First, place blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries in a bowl. Next, top with a tablespoon of cool whip or whipped cream and enjoy!
Friends, I hope that you all stay healthy and well. Please incorporate these foods and lifestyle suggestions into your daily lives. Brain stimulation and health are so essential right now! Stressors and uncertainties cause us to take our minds off of ourselves and our mental health. Please, love yourself, take care of yourself, and be kind to yourself!
This week I have been using my Ajaba Naturals Citrus Skin Refresher Body Oil. The combination of grapefruit, orange, and lemon creates shine and moisture on my skin. The smell of Citrus is also known to stimulate the brain, and has often been called an “energizing scent.” So when I need just a little pick me up, I rub the oil on my hands and arms and allow the warm fragrance to surround me and enhance my mood. The Ajaba Naturals Citrus Skin Refresher Body Oil with jojoba, argan, and vitamin E oils gives your skin shine and smoothness. You can also warm the oil for a few seconds, and use it as a massage oil for that special father in your life! I'm sure he would be grateful for a gentle, relaxing back massage that promotes brain stimulation and wellbeing.