Recently, Dawn and Jon Pousette-Dart were interviewed for an article for the Columbia Journal called, “Get Real: More Than the Title of a Song.” Written by Carla Stockton, who writes a semi-weekly piece about life in Manhattan for the Columbia University publication, “Catch and Release.” it features some great information on all of Dawn and Jon’s history, as well as new projects that are on the way.
Read the write up here: (http://catchandrelease.columbiajournal.org/?p=4466)
Ms. Stockton, nonfiction editor of Issue #53, is a lifelong on-and-off New Yorker, who, after living for 13 years in exile in the southwest desert, brings a returnee’s perspective to the city. As a fully licensed sightseeing guide, she has a particular intimacy with the area and is never reluctant to share it with others. Carla’s semi-weekly column will discuss people, places and events in and around Manhattan. Follow her here.
Our music video of the song “Who I Am” http://wp.me/ptiX7-8o written by Jon Pousette-Dart, Jaime Kyle and myself and performed by Jon and Jaime has been honored again! The International Film Fest for Environment, Health & Culture-Jakarta, Indonesia will screen the video during their festival in May. http://internationalfilmfestivals.org/EHC/winners.htm (scroll down to “Documentary Shorts”)
On the subject of Alzheimer’s and my experience with my mother, the song highlights the journey traveled by those who have lived with a loved one experiencing “the long goodbye”. Hopefully this attention will raise awareness of the need for more answers in the search for causes and cures for the ever increasing appearance of this disease.
Alzheimer’s disease undoubtedly drenches many American families in worry, loss, and a sense of desperation. With ominous statistics published every year, a question lurking in the back of everyone’s mind is: What can I do to prevent Alzheimer’s in my life? While the cause and treatment of Alzheimer’s are still unknown, there are seven simple steps you can take to keep your brain young.
1) Aerobic Exercise is the Way to Go!
- As we age, the connections between the neurons in our brain begin to fall apart, impeding our ability to think. Aerobic exercises increase capillary development in the brain, enabling more blood (and oxygen) to reach the brain. Many doctors recommend a combination of aerobic exercise and weight training to sharpen your brain at any age!
2) Better Food, Better Brain
- What’s the big deal with antioxidants? They neutralize harmful free radicals which break down the neurons (the cells central to our ability to think) in our brain. Eating a colorful plate and avoiding foods which put you at risk for other diseases, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, will rev up your ability to think and respond faster.
3) Exercise Your Mind–Literally
- You wouldn’t be able to get six-pack abs without sit-ups, Pilates, or some hard time at the gym, would you? The same rule applies for your brain: exercise the noggin to keep your brain young! Exercising your mind is as easy as learning something new. Tease your brain with a puzzle, an electronic brain game, or engaging yourself in a hobby to put your brain in learning mode.
4) Take a Breather
- Everything is good in moderation, right? The same applies for stress. Chronic stress overwhelms the hippocampus, the part of the brain where memories are formed. Stay calm and keep cool through exercise, yoga, meditation, or your own relaxing exercise to save your memory center!
- Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that those who get a good night’s sleep are able to synthesize complex information better than those who don’t catch their Zzz’s. Who knew that a night of rest improves your ability to think creatively?!
6) Laughter Really is the Best Medicine
- Humor stimulates our brains to produce dopamine, the famous “feel-good” chemical that we crave like chocolate bars. Studies have found that this stimulation may indeed make us smarter!
7) Wisdom with Every Day
- With every day, we become better synthesizers and integrators of information. Your brain is your very own google engine, able to search and access the millions of events, social scenarios, and facts you’ve recorded throughout your life, as you age. Another day older, another day wiser!
Keep your brain young with these simple steps, courtesy of William Speed Weed and Reader’s Digest.
Every 70 seconds in the United States, a patient is diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s, a disease for which there is presently no cure. But, the harrowing reality which victims of Alzheimer’s face today, may take a drastic turn for the better! Researchers at McGill University in Canada may have unlocked the key to Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention. Researchers have found that the tau protein, a key brain protein found in the central nervous system of all humans, differs in patients with Alzheimer’s due to the presence of additional phosphates to an amino acid within the protein. Researchers note that a single additional phosphate may cause Alzheimer’s. With one of the causes or the sole cause of Alzheimer’s identified, researchers can now find ways to treat victims of the disease and even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.