Monthly Archives: August 2020

Let’s Fight Against Alzheimer’s and Dementia Together

Me, my mom, and my daughter, June 6, 2014 ❤

On June 6, 2014, my mom was able to show off her beautiful smile during a three-generation wedding ring photo shoot because her only granddaughter was getting married in August.

On June 8, 2014, my mom forgot to use her walker which caused her to fall and fracture her pelvic bone in three different places.

On June 11, 2014, my mom died.

On June 16, 2014, we buried my mom on her 77th birthday (and yes, we celebrated her life with one last birthday party because she always loved a good party. Pizza and (root) beer were served in her honor 🍕🥤).

My mom had dementia (my dad had Alzheimer’s). Dementia is a thief. It robs its victims of memory. It causes them to forget to use their walker. 😟 Such a cruel disease.

BUT…there is hope!

Let’s join together and fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s! Awakening from Alzheimer’s is a 12-day series of interviews with doctors who specialize in the brain. Fourteen doctors over 12 days reveal how they are winning the war against Alzheimer’s in this groundbreaking series. These doctors share their expertise on how to prevent or miraculously turn around cognitive decline.

This is FABULOUS news.

My hubby and I signed up for this series of interviews and we enjoyed all of them. Each doctor interview is between 30 – 65 minutes long. There were many eyebrow raising moments while watching. We learned Alzheimer’s is called “diabetes of the brain or Type 3 Diabetes.”  😳 We also learned that the only sure way to know if a person truly had Alzheimer’s is through an autopsy after death.  😳

All of these interviews were worth our time!!! Some episodes were better than others, however, each offered incredible information on how to combat against this nasty disease. My favorite interview was Day 10 with Dr. David Katz. Below is the blurb sent with this episode:

Day 10: Feet, Forks, and Fingers: Lifestyle as Medicine in the War on Alzheimer’s Disease with Dr. David Katz  

Episode 10 is live and you do not want to miss it.

In his interview, Dr. Katz is going to help you understand…

  • The characteristics of long-lived, healthy populations.
  • How big food companies want you to be addicted to their products.
  • Why preventing coronary disease could help you prevent Alzheimer’s.

Be sure to catch this episode with Dr. Katz before we take it down for good. (email from

One key thing to know is the interviews are free. The links to the interviews will come to your email and you have 24 hours to watch each episode. Another main thing to know, is once these interviews are done, you will continue to get emails from Awakening from Alzheimer’s. Yes, they have products they want to sell to you. If you do not want to clog up your inbox with these emails, just click on their ‘unsubscribe’ button. Easy as that.

Below, we share our few takeaways from this series, however, we hope you watch it for yourself. Especially if you worry about the possibility of suffering as your loved ones might have. A few common denominators from all interviews…

🏥 Dementia/Alzheimer’s is considered Type 3 diabetes. 

🏥 Decrease consumption of sugars and simple carbs (my hubby’s reaction to this…”NO, they are taking away all the good stuff” 😃).

🏥 Decrease inflammation. 

🏥 Increase gut health (our gut is our 2nd brain).  

🏥 Increase exercise (especially aerobic…anyone want to go for a fast-paced walk with me? 🙋). 

🏥 Increase sleep to at least 7.5 hours each night (I was excited to watch this one as I have difficulty sleeping!).

🏥 Increase intake of healthy supplements such as fish oil, vitamin D, B-vitamins, vitamin E, and more. 

🏥 Increase intake of healthy fats such as avocado, wild caught salmon, coconut oil, Omega-3’s.   

It’s all about wellness and making smart life choices. Won’t you please join me in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s? My mom (and dad) would be grateful.

Three-generation wedding rings ❤

Stay Calm & Let’s Fight Alzheimer’s Together!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone

We welcome our colleague and friend, Dr. LeAnne Syring, as our guest blogger this week. Dr. LeAnne Syring is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Southwest Minnesota State University. Her passion lies with teaching aspiring educators to see each child as unique, special, and valued. She also enjoys sewing, reading, crafting, and bundling up in a blanket with a hot Chai Tea Latte in the winters of Minnesota.

Dr. LeAnne Syring….mask making champion!

Over the course of the last few months I have been in quarantine, like most of us have. In-person contact became restricted. I have taught classes, conversed with colleagues, students, and prospective students via Zoom. Realization of the impact the absence of this in-person contact was holding over me did not hit until I went on campus for a project. A group of us had been making masks at home to be able to give to all of our incoming freshman. We have picked up fabric pieces cut out by colleagues, taken them to our respective homes, and assembled them. Our group was contacted by our Minnesota CBS affiliate television station to do a story on the project (Click on the picture above to view the story).

This invitation brought us onto campus to join up as a group for the first time. We went to the campus costume shop, donned our masks, and practiced social distancing. I could not believe the energy that saturated my entire body from merely being with this group of people, in person, sewing and working together. We were no longer working in isolation we were truly a group of people working together toward the same goal. We were talking and laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Until that moment I had not realized what that personal contact meant to me and my energy level.

This experience has reminded me of how much we may have taken for granted prior to this pandemic. The ability to converse with our colleagues face-to-face. The ability to go out for lunch with friends. The joy that comes from those interactions. As Joni Mitchell sang in the 70’s, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

A few years ago, my church’s pastor retired. He and his wife had been there for quite a few years and were absolutely the richest example of light and joy, kindness and generosity. While packing for the move they invited me over to look through their vast personal library for any book I would like to read. The afternoon that I spent with them was relaxing, calm, and irreplaceable. I asked myself, “why had I not spent more time with them?”

As a person who goes to analogies to explain things, I went to the analogy of a beautiful living room. We may painstakingly take the time to select the flooring, the wall color and all of the furnishings, but then never sit in the room. We save it. We look at it, but do not use it. It is treasured, but never utilized. The pastor and his wife were like a beautiful living room – they were always there, I knew that I could go and ‘look’ at them anytime I wanted, but I did not utilize them as I could have. The love and knowledge they could have and were willing to share, are now gone. I lost the opportunity.

The pandemic has shown me that it is time to use the beautiful living room, take out the ‘good dishes,’ talk to the people in your life that are there for you to learn from, and make the time to enjoy what you have been given.

Wear your mask, wash your hands, do your part and pray that COVID will soon be gone.

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

~Joni Mitchell

Stay Calm & Take Out Your Good Dishes!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.