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What can we do to prevent Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline? While there is no definitive answer to that question, there is growing evidence that a healthy lifestyle can delay, slow, or even prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement’s goal is to empower people and organizations by educating them about accessible lifestyle choices that help delay or prevent brain disease and promote healthy minds. We do this by engaging and convening leading scientists and experts in all areas of brain and mind health, including nutrition, fitness, sleep, meditation and caregiving. Read below to learn more about the positive effects that a healthy diet, physical activity, stress reduction and a variety of lifestyle choices can have on your brain health and overall well-being.

Nutty Sunflower Spring Roll Bowl

Nutty Sunflower Spring Roll Bowl

From LIVING LIVELY by Haile Thomas Sunflower seeds and sunflower butter are great for boosting your brain. Sunflower seeds impact your mental processing powers and your overall mood. They're rich in thiamine, a B vitamin that increases cognitive function and memory....

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Tilapia Tacos With Creamy Cabbage Slaw

Tilapia Tacos With Creamy Cabbage Slaw

From "The Ultimate Mind Diet Cookbook," by Amanda Foote MD. Tilapia are freshwater white fish with a delicate flavor and tender fillets that are perfect for people who dislike “fishy-tasting” fish. Tilapia is a less fatty fish that contains few omega-3 fatty acids per...

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Dr. Kristine Yaffe on Keeping Our Brain Strong and Healthy

Dr. Kristine Yaffe on Keeping Our Brain Strong and Healthy

Kristine Yaffe, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. She is also a member of the California Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's Prevention and Preparedness. Dr. Yaffe answered our questions about the...

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Moving in Nature: Exercise Squared

Moving in Nature: Exercise Squared

By Dr. William Sears and Dr. Vincent M. Fortanasce Remember Dr. Mom’s prescription for boredom and bad behavior? “Go outside and play!” No neuroscientist has ever topped this advice from Dr. Mom. Modern brain scans, those windows into your brain, reveal she was right....

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Customizable Chickpea Pizza

Customizable Chickpea Pizza

by Talia Pollock I believe that we all have the power to bring whatever we want into our life. Call it manifesting or call it picking your own toppings, and call this an inspirational blurb or a recipe intro, but this pizza is both a spiritual and a scrumptious...

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I Am Affectionate: Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

I Am Affectionate: Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Cafe Gratitude offers this recipe for chocolate chip walnut cookies from their new cookbook "Love is Served" that are chewy and delicious! The recipe calls for chia seeds, which provide the brain with ALA omega fatty acids 3 & 6, oats that contain iron, zinc,...

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on California’s State of Health

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on California’s State of Health

Pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was appointed California's first Surgeon General in 2019, and today is at the forefront of the state's COVID-19 health response. In a WAM Weekly exclusive, she tells us how she and the nation's largest state are handling the...

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Kelly LeVeque’s Cookies & Cream Smoothie

Kelly LeVeque’s Cookies & Cream Smoothie

by Kelly LeVeque PREP TIME: 3 minutes TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes Ingredients Chocolate-coconut collagen protein powder 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds 1 handful fresh spinach 1/4 cup frozen blueberries 1½ cups almond milk Hemp hearts, to top...

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Mediterranean Trout With Golden Cauliflower Caesar Salad

Mediterranean Trout With Golden Cauliflower Caesar Salad

This superb, brain-healthy meal is from WAM Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Mark Hyman and his latest cookbook "Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?" Golden Cauliflower Caesar Salad This savory salad is an amazing dairy-free alternative to a traditional Caesar....

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Love is a State of Mind

Love is a State of Mind

Though we may feel pangs of love in our hearts, the actual signs of this strong emotion resonate in our brains. And thanks to modern science and technology, we can physically observe love's neurobiological effects. Dr. Robert Weiss is a clinical sexologist and...

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A Valentine’s Dinner For Two

A Valentine’s Dinner For Two

With Valentine's Day around the corner, we are posting this delicious and romantic Valentine's "Dinner for Two" from our dear friend, chef, and WAM supporter Cristina Ferrare. author of "Food For Thought," who is laying out a menu that allows us to splurge a little on...

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Green Tea Miso Soup

Green Tea Miso Soup

Here's a super simple recipe from our good friend Annie Fenn, M.D., chef and founder of the Brain Health Kitchen. The Brain Health Kitchen is a cooking school that teaches people how to cook and eat more brain-healthy foods. Thank you, Annie, for all you do for WAM....

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Welcome Home Salad

Welcome Home Salad

by TERI TURNER, NOCRUMBSLEFT This recipe is chock full of brain-healthy ingredients. Here are just a few: Onions have been shown to maintain the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is involved in processing emotions as well as memory. The resveratrol in grapes...

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Cat Cora’s Sunday Brunch

Cat Cora’s Sunday Brunch

by CAT CORA LEMON-PECAN PANCAKES One of my favorite pancake recipes! This has some great flavors from the lemon zest, vanilla, and pecans. A nice twist on an old favorite. It's also brain healthy. Whole grains are rich in many of the B vitamins that work to reduce...

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Move For Minds Experts on Why We Need to Move

Move For Minds Experts on Why We Need to Move

Members of our Move For Minds panel tell us about the benefits of movement and exercise. Dr. Lisa Mosconi: When it comes to being physically active, there’s no shortage of good reasons to get a move-on. If avoiding heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes aren’t...

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Giada’s Slow Roasted Salmon

Giada’s Slow Roasted Salmon

Salmon is one of the best sources for Omega-3 fatty acids, which plays an important role in brain function and development. by Giada De Laurentiis SERVING SIZE: 6 INGREDIENTS: 1 fennel bulb with stalks 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1...

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The Beachcomber: An Alzheimer’s Poem

The Beachcomber: An Alzheimer’s Poem

BY SR. JANET RECTENWALD, SFCC I wait ...          to receive from you          words that identify          who you are,          your history, where you came from,          what you long for.   Words come ...          broken words, unintelligible words,         ...

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Chinese Glazed Salmon

Chinese Glazed Salmon

BY CHEF KATIE CHIN This is an easy, flavorful, clean and healthy salmon recipe bursting with flavor. It’s a crowd-pleasing recipe for your next BBQ loved by kids and adults alike. I like to pair it with Chinese Chicken Salad or Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles.  Serves 4 as...

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How to Keep Your Brain Healthy While Having Fun

How to Keep Your Brain Healthy While Having Fun

BY SUSAN PASCAL Summer is the time we like to get away, to give ourselves and even our brains a rest. But is that a good idea for optimal brain health? Michael M. Merzenich, a professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, member of...

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Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Olives and Porcini

Mushroom Caps Stuffed with Olives and Porcini

BY PAULA WOLFERT These umami-packed mushrooms are both wonderfully modern and a throwback to the era of cocktail parties (excellent with martinis). “Greek green-cracked olives are large, dark, and sharp, with a hint of bitterness and a slightly smoky flavor that...

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Why Moving Your Body Is Good For Your Brain

Why Moving Your Body Is Good For Your Brain

BY WENDY SUZUKI What if I told you that there was something that you could do right now that would make you say, “Gee, I think my brain is working better today!” And what if I told you that this same process might not only strengthen the parts of your brain that’s...

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Coconut Lemongrass Chicken With Turmeric

Coconut Lemongrass Chicken With Turmeric

BY ELISSA GOODMAN It’s the one night of the week that everyone in my house looks forward to coming home for dinner, chicken night.  We’ve really cut back on animal protein this year and most dinners at home are meatless, but I don’t have a problem with well prepared,...

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Cristina Ferrare’s Mother’s Day Brunch

Cristina Ferrare’s Mother’s Day Brunch

BY CRISTINA FERRARE Happy Mother's Day! I hope your day is filled with love, family, and pure joy as you enjoy this special day set aside to honor mothers everywhere! Time spent with my mom cooking as a child and an adult is a memory I hold close to my heart. Just the...

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Looking Forward to a World Without Alzheimer’s

Looking Forward to a World Without Alzheimer’s

Is there hope?” they ask me. For themselves. For their moms, dads, husbands, and wives.My answer: absolutely yes.And I don’t mean that in the you-should-never-give-up-hope sense. I’m saying that there’s now legitimate reason to be optimistic. Not about...

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Zoodles with Almond Butter Sesame Sauce

Zoodles with Almond Butter Sesame Sauce

BY ANNIE FENN M.D. Inspired by Chinese take-out noodles, these sesame noodles have several strategic healthy ingredient swaps. The noodles are actually vegetables — zucchini, carrots, and cucumber — that you spiralize. Transforming vegetables into noodles with a...

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Cristina Ferrare’s Turkey Meatballs

Cristina Ferrare’s Turkey Meatballs

BY CRISTINA FERRARE I prefer using only turkey sausage for meatballs because I find that they come out lighter and tastier then beef meatballs. You don’t have to add a lot of seasonings to the mix because the meatballs get their flavor from the seasoned sausage meat! ...

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Olive Oil Pizza with Lox and Arugula

Olive Oil Pizza with Lox and Arugula

BY ELANA HORWICH Going out for pizza in Rome is as integral to the culture as whipping up a plate of pasta is at home. It’s a social occasion shared with boisterous friends (i.e. most Italians). La pizza is ideal when you don’t want to spend a lot time (or money) on...

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Feed Your Gut to Help Your Brain

Feed Your Gut to Help Your Brain

BY DR. MARC MILSTEIN Head to toe you are about 37 trillion human cells, give or take a trillion. You are also about 37 trillion bacteria cells.   I hate to break it to you, but you are half human, half bacteria.   What is all that bacteria doing living on and inside...

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Unlocking Cognitive Potential through Dance and Movement

Unlocking Cognitive Potential through Dance and Movement

By Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT As a dance/movement therapist specializing in cognitive and movement disorders, I see movement as a key that unlocks cognitive potential. Movement isn’t just fun, expressive, and joyful. It is necessary in order to reach these...

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Is There a Connection Between ADHD and Alzheimer’s?

Is There a Connection Between ADHD and Alzheimer’s?

As part of our new "Ask the Expert" series, we submitted these commonly-asked questions to The Women's Alzheimer's Movement's Scientific Advisory Council. Below are the responses we received from members of WAM's Scientific Advisory Council. Is there a connection...

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Alcohol Abuse and Alzheimer’s: Are the Two Related?

Alcohol Abuse and Alzheimer’s: Are the Two Related?

As part of our new "Ask the Expert" series, we submitted these commonly-asked questions to The Women's Alzheimer's Movement's Scientific Advisory Council. Below, Dr. Bruce Miller, MD, Director UCSF Dementia Center, responds. What is the role of alcohol in Alzheimer’s?...

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5 Key Takeaways From Move for Minds 2018

5 Key Takeaways From Move for Minds 2018

At our Move for Minds events in June 2018, we featured nearly 50 superstar experts in the fields of brain health and Alzheimer's who shared their latest research and insights into what we should know about this disease today. Here are the biggest lessons learned from...

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5 Lifestyle Changes That Keep Your Brain Sharp at Any Age

5 Lifestyle Changes That Keep Your Brain Sharp at Any Age

Trying to keep your mind in tip-top shape? An expert tells us how you can fight brain decline by living an active and engaged life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, that number...

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Shining a Light on Vitamin D

Shining a Light on Vitamin D

Many chronic conditions can be associated with low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D affects the immune system and may act as a neuroprotective agent. In MS (multiple sclerosis), low levels of vitamin D can possibly increase the risk of developing and/or worsening MS....

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The DASH Diet: Good for Heart Health and Brain Health

The DASH Diet: Good for Heart Health and Brain Health

U.S. News & World Report rates The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) as the “best overall” and “healthy eating” plan to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. New research shows that the DASH diet may...

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African Americans and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

African Americans and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

Did you know that African Americans are twice as likely to get diagnosed with Alzheimer's as their non-Hispanic Caucasian counterparts? This startling statistic is what drives the research work of Dr. Goldie Byrd, the Nathan F. Simms Endowed Professor of Biology at...

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Assessing Your Alzheimer’s Risk

Assessing Your Alzheimer’s Risk

BY DR. KENNETH KOSIK Your risk for Alzheimer’s disease depends, in part, on the decisions you make every day—about what to eat for lunch, whether to hit the gym on the way home and how you choose to relax. But there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and that’s because...

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How to Stay Asleep and Sleep More Deeply

How to Stay Asleep and Sleep More Deeply

BY DR. MARK HYMAN “If one awakes in between 1 and 4 am every night for years, what can they do differently to stay asleep and sleep more deeply?” If doctors and dietitians had a penny for every time they heard this complaint, they could comfortably retire on some...

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How Dance and Movement Can Help Foster Identity

How Dance and Movement Can Help Foster Identity

BY ERICA HORNTHAL, LCPC, BC-DMT Movement is a vital component of life. Although it is often associated with exercise, it’s important for us to remember that movement is an overarching umbrella involving body language, non-verbal communication, gesturing, posture, and...

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Why You Should Aim to Avoid Inflammatory Foods

Why You Should Aim to Avoid Inflammatory Foods

BY DR. DALE BREDESEN Cognitive decline is largely a matter of three fundamental threats to our brain: inflammation; a shortage of brain-boosting nutrients, hormones, and other cognition-supporting molecules; and toxic exposure. What we call Alzheimer’s disease is a...

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Get Creative: Pair Your Physical Movement With Music

Get Creative: Pair Your Physical Movement With Music

BY DEBORAH SHOUSE "I move, therefore I am." — Haruki Murakami  During my mother’s journey through dementia, my dad was determined to keep her moving—walking, swimming, and gardening. He was determined to move her through her confusion. My father intuitively understood...

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Brain-Healthy Tips From Our Move For Minds Experts

Brain-Healthy Tips From Our Move For Minds Experts

Below are valuable insights from our community of experts - scientists, researchers, nutritionists, advocates, caregivers, and more — who participated in our 2017 Move For Minds events across the country. To learn more about the event and help us wipe out Alzheimer's,...

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Three Tips For a Strong, Rested Mind

Three Tips For a Strong, Rested Mind

BY CHRIS SHELTON As a practitioner of the ancient healing art of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I treat people with conditions ranging from chronic pain to dementia. When a person comes to see me with a sadly common and heart-breaking affliction like...

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12 Books to Get Smart on Brain Health

12 Books to Get Smart on Brain Health

Through our work, we’ve come across a plethora of resources on how to take care of and optimize your mind. Now, for easy ready, we’ve put together a roundup of the books and authors that we’ve featured all in one place.

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Essential Vitamins & Supplements for Good Brain Health

Essential Vitamins & Supplements for Good Brain Health

Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Richard Isaacson sat down with Maria Shriver on Friday, August 5th once again to continue their conversation about Alzheimer’s prevention, memory, and diet on Facebook Live. In this session, they discussed the essential vitamins our brains need.

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8 Steps To Reverse Memory Loss

8 Steps To Reverse Memory Loss

Even if you aren’t suffering from cognitive decline, you should take these steps because they can help you prevent the aging of your brain and help you achieve lifelong health.

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The Alzheimer’s Diet

The Alzheimer’s Diet

A relatively new body of research has found that changes in dietary patterns can have a positive effect on memory. This is true for healthy people as well as for those with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

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