9 Ways To Cut Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Thanks @insidethebrain for posting this information. The only thing I would add, is to quit smoking. Not reduce it. #easiersaidthandone #yesiquitin2007#noeasyfeat

Only 40 years ago it was widely believed that if you lived long enough, you would eventually experience serious cognitive decline, particularly with respect to memory. The implication for cognition was that achieving an advanced age was effectively equivalent to becoming senile – a word that implies mental defects or a dementing (1) illness. Since then there has been a major shift away from the view of “aging as a disease” and towards the view of “aging as only a risk factor” for a number of neurological diseases.

A recent Lancet report, by 24 leading dementia researchers from around the world, zeroed in on nine of the best-known lifestyle factors that contribute to the illness and account for more than a third of dementia cases. Not smoking, doing exercise, keeping a healthy weight, treating high blood pressure and diabetes can all reduce the risk of dementia, as well as cardiovascular…

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Soul Lover


Author unknown – my title while grieving  – someone else’s words

When we lose someone we love

The loss too great too bear

God sends us folks to comfort us

who show He deeply cares


In darkest hours of the night

No one else around

At our sad loneliest place ~

it’s there, God’s love is found


Like a soothing healing balm

To aid are busted hearts

Warm oil pours o’er our soul

touching every part


Rest secure in His love

Know He’s by our side

Holds us even though He knows

a part of us has died


Oh yes of course He hears us

When we first just want to talk

But when we shed those ugly tears

He listens; doesn’t  balk


He is always very near

Arms open ready wide

As we pour out our hurt within

He pours His love inside


Our Father loves us oh so much

Never leaves us alone

He won’t forsake us in our need

to face this on our own


He comforts us and strengthens us

massages with his balm

As the dawn breaks through the night

we’re wrapped in loving calm


#okaytostillbesad  #gratefulforhisfriendship  #groundhogday

#hope4discourage #peace #doesntgoaway #rollcall




Let it Rain

Sideways These Days

The music of the morning rain

just beyond my window pain

massaging the land with repetitious splashes of moisture.

Varying degrees of timbre and pitch

a choral cacophony

Fitting that nature should join my hearts phrase

Memories echo of long ago days

How many gallons have poured from the sky?

Can you pay that water bill? Neither can I…

Picking up pieces just tears of my heart

placing them down again,

oh where do I start?…

What’s about this paradigm of a need to say goodbye


he never did,

why should I?

it used to have us complain “you never say good-bye”


#neitherwilli #guessitstuck  #noneed #stayawhile #ohmemorykeepmewarm

#lifeissidewaysthesedays #missyoudad

I’m glad it rained on this anniversary of your passing. #breathe

What the Heart thinks

Thought I’d share what I just read.  Something to ponder.

“Some survivors try to think their way through grief. That doesn’t work. (whew!) Grief is a releasing process, a discovery process, a healing process. We cannot release or discover or heal by the use of our minds alone. The brain must follow the heart at a respectful distance. It is our hearts that ache when a loved one dies. It is our emotions that are most drastically affected (double whew!). Certainly the mind suffers, the mind recalls, the mind may plot and plan and wish (and wish & wish) yet it is the heart that will blaze the trail through the thicket of grief.” *

Thankful for the heart, in its broken state, loved and held close by Him.  Psalm 34:18

“A time to Grieve” by Carol Staudeacher.