The following lesson on healthy lifestyles was developed by Dr. Lynn Johnson in 2015 for his popular series for mental health professionals on “Lifestyles of the Healthy and Happy?” Although his focus here in on mental health issues like depression, and creating greater energy and enjoyment in life, this is very relevant to our topic, as we know all mental health relies on brain health, and at a very deep level depression and dementia are very much related. Both can result from the same stressors and nutritional deficits leading to impaired energy production and performance. Moreover anyone who experiences prolonged stress or depression is at a significantly higher risk for developing dementia.

Conversely, good mental health practices which help a person to feel and think better, have more energy, feel more optimistic and connected with others can do much to help insulate them against Alzheimer’s.

What are the secrets of the most energetic and mentally healthy people? It is all about lifestyle choices. In this course, you will get a deeper understanding of lifestyle choices that anyone can make to raise their mental health and energy, connection and creativity, excitement and enjoyment, and in the process reduce their risk for dementia.

We encourage you to take the approach of “See, Do, Teach.” That means simply that as you learn (see!) and apply (do!) these topics to yourself, look for chances to share this with others. If you can set up formal classes and teach the material, you will be seen as an expert people can count on for important insights and information. Or, just apply it with friends and family. The idea is to think about how you can give away this knowledge. Ironically the more you can give away the more you will retain!

There is a major movement in our country to learn about and embraced healthier lifestyles? What if we became a more happy and energetic people? How would that help? Well for one thing the research shows that in the process these same behaviors would certainly reduce the incidents of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in our population. Look, see, do, teach! Enjoy!!

The first 5 minutes is a repeat of examples mentioned in the first session. You can listen to another version of examples of people who improved with exercise, or just jump to the 5 minute mark for an important message about inflammation.

Inflammation is a key to this course, and a major contributor to Alzheimer’s. You’ll learn more, but this little video gives you a nice intro.

Inflammation and Lifestyle

Here are the Powerpoint slides. If you don’t own Powerpoint, see below. Otherwise, right click and save to your own drive / folder:

You are welcome to download those slides and use them if you were to give a class or seminar. They are my slides and copyrighted, but I am sharing them with you to use as you feel to do. All this material is yours to use, for your own benefit or to share and teach to others.

Here is a worksheet I have created. Right-click (Control click on Apple) to “save as” and rename to your drive.

You can edit that worksheet if you wish, and use it in your own presentations. I have left it in a .docx file format. If you are someone who can’t open .docx, you can find free programs that will do everything that Microsoft Office will do, such as Open Office and Kingston office suite. A quick google on “free alternatives to Microsoft Office” will bring them up. I have actually tried them and they work just fine.

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