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laughing
through
the tears
Written by Laurel Palladino
Balancing Healthy Living and Alzheimer’s Research
Explore the journey of maintaining brain health and learning while navigating the complex world of Alzheimer's research and treatments.
Balancing Healthy Living and Alzheimer's Research

I make an effort to stay up-to-date on the latest drugs, treatments, and therapies that promote brain health.

I try not to worry that this disease is already hiding in my brain, waiting to steal my memories. I try……not always an easy task.

I do little things, exercise, water, floss my teeth (yes, they are related), protect my head (basically don’t do dangerous stunts), get plenty of sleep, and get plenty of vitamin D (for me, this is sun, sun and more sun), eat healthy.

Most days, I get all these right other days, I eat candy for breakfast.

I follow Dr.Daniel Amen, he has several books and a podcast with a ton of helpful information.

Most recently, I have been working on following his suggestion to spend 15 minutes a day learning something new. It can be a new word, a craft, a new language, or anything that exercises the brain.

I like word puzzles, so that is my go-to. I have also recently learned that paddle sports are very good for brain health, ping pong, tennis, and of course, the ever-popular pickleball.

If you’re uncoordinated like me, a good old-fashioned walk in the sunshine is always good.

The newest drug available, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website, is Lecanemab. This drug is not a cure, it merely slows the progression.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence yet that this drug can restore memories or reverse cognitive function.

It sounds bleak, and the more I try to research, the more depressing it can get.

My advice—keep the research to a minimum, small doses here and there. Talk to your doctor about preventive therapies if you are concerned.

If your loved one already has it, don’t automatically assume you will get it too. I have not yet been tested for the genetic marker to see if I have that. I have chosen instead to be hopeful that a cure is coming.

I would love to know those who have chosen to get tested and the reason behind it.

So, here’s my story…

I am Laurel, an author and advocate for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Through my book, “Laughing Through The Tears,” I hope to shed light on the journey of those affected by this condition and offer a unique perspective that combines laughter and resilience.

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