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It’s a universal human desire – we want to live as long as we have good quality of life. When our time draws near, we want to be consulted so we can die as we wish and not be a burden to our families.
Degenerative brain disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and the only one of the top 10 causes that can’t be prevented or cured. But all is not lost. Numerous studies show that by adopting certain lifestyle habits we can significantly reduce our risk of developing dementia.Reader’s Digest teamed with the Alzheimer’s Association to survey 1,600 people about their brain health and knowledge of how lifestyle habits affect cognitive decline and dementia.
Humans are hardwired to love stories; some of our favorites come from our grandparents. If you’ve ever wished your grandparents had written down their life stories, start writing yours. And if your parents are still around, help them write theirs. It may sound daunting – putting a whole lifetime on paper – but a fresh new crop of books make it easy and fun.
Rachel Kodanaz is a heart-minded professional helping her audiences to Embrace Life’s Challenges. Rachel has been speaking passionately to national audiences for over 20 years, addressing all aspects of change, growth, and acceptance that comes with embracing life challenges. Rachel has published numerous articles and has appeared on Good Morning America. Her books, Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What to do with yours or a loved one’s personal possessions, best-selling Living with Loss One Day at a Time, and Grief in the Workplace have received international acclaim.
Kari Rogenski is Director of the Hummingbird Project by Sage Eldercare Solutions. Kari combined her passion for eldercare and the creative arts by becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered drama therapist working with elders. She is also co-creator of Joyful Moments: Meaningful Activities to Engage Older Adults. She is a proud advocate for the importance of finding and embracing joy throughout life.