“Superbrain” and Alzheimer’s | Superbrain and Alzheimer’s

I love PBS, and found myself watching their special on the “Superbrain and Alzheimer’s” by spiritul leader Dr. Deepak Chopra and Harvard professor and Alzheimer’s researcher, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. The research underlying the “Superbrain and Alzheimer’s” program is very interesting and challenges me.

It looks like the “Superbrain” program has some very important, researched and validated ways to improve one’s brain functioning to improve mental acuity, memory, mindfulness and overall health – and reduce one’s likelihood of facing Alzheimer’s disease.

Over the next week or two, I will research the program further, and provide my analysis on this post. I have no connection with PBS or the “Superbrain” program, and am not receiving any compensation for the review. It will be an objective analysis.

Some of Tanzi’s comments tonight on the PBS program include the following:

  • We can shape the way we use our brains, reprogramming them for greater mental acuity, focus and better health;
  • We continue to add brain cells throughout our lives;
  • Exercise is the one most important thing one can do to improve one’s brain, reduce accumulation of plaque and potentially stave off Alzheimer’s;
  • For the vast majority of people, Alzheimer’s is caused by a combination of heredity and lifestyle, which means that one can build a program of activity that can make a positive difference;
  • Diet can improve your resiliency. Limit or avoid sugar, fat and salt. Eat more blueberries and fewer heavy red meats;
  • Make sure that you get enough sleep, including significant amounts of deep, or slow wave sleep that allows short-term memories to be processed;
  • Reduce stress. Meditate and relax. Be mindful. Live in the now. Stay engaged, and learn new things. Give to others. Volunteer.

Tanzi calls “Superbrain” a technology for reshaping and rewiring your brain.

I’ll provide an analysis later. If you get the chance, watch the show, review the topic of the “superbrain” on the web, or read the book. Please let me know what you think.  I do monitor feedback prior to posting to reduce the negative impact of autobloggers.

Last updated on March 23, 2013 – Superbrain & Alzheimer’s

Anne Hays Egan
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Superbrain and Alzheimer’s

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3 Responses to “Superbrain” and Alzheimer’s | Superbrain and Alzheimer’s

  1. Anne Hays Egan says:

    It sounds like you are connected to core resources, and you are doing an excellent job caring for your daughter and your wife with multiple challenges. If you can locate a support group, or hook up with others that are facing similar challenges, it might help you to lessen the stress and connect with others to reduce the feeling of isolation that inevitably comes with caregiving. Please check out the Core Community Resources page on this website and go to benefitscheckup.org, which provides information on any additional benefits available in the U.S.

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  2. Filip says:

    My wife and I are members of the sandwich generation in a sense. Our 54 year old disabled (from birth) daughter was under out personal care at home until 2010. She is mentally and physically impaired, partially paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair, is incontinent, has ESRD requiring dialysis three times a week and currently lives in a retirement facility where we struggle to get the kind of care she must have to survive. She resists any personal care from almost anyone but me (father). My wife’s memory is fading, she has periods of confusion, has vision problems and has lost her sense of taste. We are 78 and are working on plans to provide for our daughter’s future. For now, I provide the minimal care required for my wife. I have been diagnosed with leukemia but currently do not require treatments.In spite of our daughter living in an excellent retirement facility, we are still required to help with her care, manage her personal affairs and shepherd her through multiple hospital events every year. Our costs are high our income is limited. We have excellent legal and professional advisers. In spite of all the excellent help, we feel alone in our daily struggles. We worry that we are making the right decisions

  3. Jonas Sao says:

    Very interesting subject, thanks for putting up.

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