Hello from the Functional Aging Institute Summit in Orlando, Florida. My home state!
I just heard a very smart woman named Denise Medved give a talk on Neuroplasticity. That's our brain's way of reorganizing itself to adjust for new situations and/or changes in the environment. Or, if you are my client, "where the magic happens".
If you don't know, my dad suffered and died from Alzheimer's.
My dad was an entrepreneur, caregiver, and control freak. He was an accountant, math enthusiast, responsible gambler, one of the smartest people I've ever known, and the best father ever.
He was the rock in our family. When his cognitive abilities began to decline, I took up the slack. Losing my rock took it's toll. I suffered crippling anxiety and depression for a year and a half.
I eventually (with help from some amazing people) got it together and saw to it that my dad had top notch care until the day he died.
I watched my dad go from vibrant family man and capable business owner to a shell of a person who needed assistance with the most basic functions.He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 69, shortly after his retirement. He passed away from the disease at age 76.
The lecture today was about how doing puzzles, sudoko, word games, etc. really does nothing to prevent Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Specifically, physical activity that is different from what the body is used to doing and has to adapt to. And even better if it is fun!
Ever since I opened the Goodwellness training studio, I've been passionate about creating well rounded programs that promote not only strength, but balance, stability, and motor control. I stick with the most basic movements, but change the approach every time. That way clients are constantly challenged and not bored. And their brains and bodies are always adapting.
I got very emotional today listening to Denise Medved, I realize that the work I put in to my training programming and fitness classes is in part to honor my dad.
My dad was super brilliant, but super sedentary. I know exercise and movement would have benefited him.
I have an even greater resolve to keep up the work I'm doing now that I know this research. I want to help prevent a few families from suffering the way mine did.
And I hope Daddy would be proud.
If you are a parent, I know that you're stressed and busy. But I urge you to take care of yourself and your health now, not just for you but for your kids. Being the caregiver/decision maker for your parents and watching them decline is agony. I speak from experience.
If you don't know where to begin, I'd love to help. We have a 3 month Find Your Wellness Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Program beginning on July 11th.
Message us if you'd like more info.
And you better believe I'll be incorporating some of Denise Medved's stuff!
Remember never stop playing, never stop learning, never stop moving.
Happy Father's Day.