Dakim Blog

April 15, 2011

How Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Brought Me to Dakim BrainFitness in the First Place

Written by: Linda Milne

A while back, I posted about my mom and I both working at being brain fit. In my initial post, I did get a bit ahead of myself, so I’d like to share a few details about myself and a little more about ME/CFS and fibromyalgia—which are my reasons for being so keenly interested in Dakim BrainFitness.

My early life was spent in Salt Lake City, and after 40 years away in Chicago and Los Angeles, I ultimately returned home to assist my parents. My father (my “roomie” for five years) passed away in 2005. My mother, as I noted in my last post, has a joyful, productive life in southern Utah.

Fourteen years ago, I was diagnosed with an illness that I have learned I share with millions worldwide. In the U.S., it has the simplistic “non-name” of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). In Europe, it’s known by a more clinically credible name: myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
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March 8, 2011

The Elasticity of Memory II: Honesty in Communicating With An Alzheimer’s Patient

Written by: John Mark Schofield
This is part of an ongoing series by John Mark Schofield about being a caregiver for parents dealing with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Other entries in this series: 

The Elasticity of Memory Part 1

 

 

The challenges of being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease change as the disease progresses. Right now, what to say and when to say it are one of my biggest struggles.

Despite working at Dakim and being surrounded by people who are both compassionate and incredibly knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s Disease and senior care in general, it seems like I’m flying blind. Dan Michel and others here at Dakim have been down this road themselves, but every family is different – and there’s a huge gap between good advice and actually having a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
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January 28, 2010

Preventing Falls (For The Sake Of Your Brain)

Written by: Dakim

For Many Seniors, taking a tumble is all too common an experience. And though bruises and broken bones are the biggest and most immediate concerns, falling can put your brain-health in jeopardy, too.

Head injury is the most obvious risk; concussions can have both short and long term affects on cognitive functions like memory and decision making. A knock on the noggin increases the likely hood of developing Alzheimer’s. And even minor brain injuries often affect balance, putting patients at risk of even more falls.

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January 19, 2010

Yawn For Brain Fitness! No, Really!

Written by: Dakim

Yawning: it’s considered rude, a sign of boredom, disinterest, laziness and exhaustion.

And it just might be really good for the brain, at least according to Andrew Newberg, the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania.

In an essay published last November, Newberg explains that yawning isn’t just a response to being tired or disinterested, but an attempt by the brain to be more alert and focused. Yawning also reduces stress, improves self-awareness, and, curiously, ties strongly into social connections.

Intrigued? Me too!

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