Dementia – five natural things you can do now to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

DEMENTIA symptoms include memory loss, confusion and swift mood changes.  But, you can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life by following these five lifestyle tips.

Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms that are linked to ongoing brain function decline, according to the NHS.  Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, and its symptoms can include being repetitive, forgetting the name son places and objects, and finding it harder to make decisions.

As the condition progresses, signs of the dementia include difficulty eating, loss of speech, and considerable weight loss.  But, you could lower your risk of dementia by making small lifestyle changes right now.

Leading a healthy lifestyle could also slash your risk of developing strokes and heart attacks, which are risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

Regular exercise is the best way to prevent dementia, according to Harvard Medical School.  Half an hour of exercise three to four days a week could lower your risk of the condition.

Following a Mediterranean diet could also slow down Alzheimer’s disease’s progression, it said.  The diet includes fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and fish.

Getting enough sleep and always striving to learn new things are also recommended.
Cognitively-stimulating activities may be helping in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
You could also lower your risk of dementia in later life by putting back on the amount of alcohol you consume.

Drinking wine – but just a little – may help to ward off the condition.   (*Source: EXPRESS dated Thu, Mar 22, 2018)



Your Reaction — Orlando Espinosa

How you react when facing a difficult situation says a lot about your character!

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“How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.” ― Judith Orloff

“When you react, you let others control you.  When you respond, you are in control.”
― Bohdi Sanders

“You cannot control what other people do, only how you react to it.” ― Jeffrey Fry

How to permanently delete your Facebook account

What with the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, it seems like more and more people are becoming wary with Facebook.

Knowing they have our data is all a bit too Big Brother for some of us, and is it actually worth it for the memes?

The advice from WhatsApp’s founder is to delete your profile, so if you want to follow his advice here’s how to go about it.

Delete your Facebook account

Facebook has two options; deactivating which temporarily removes your account from searches until you decide to reactivate, or complete deletion.

You can deactivate your Facebook for this short period (which means all your data won’t be lost) or delete completely with the following methods:

1. Click the account menu down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page in your   web browser
2. Select settings
3. Choose security in the left column
4. Choose ‘deactivate your account’, and follow the steps to finalise this

To delete your account for good, follow this link.*

You may wish to save your photos and messages beforehand, as they’ll be permanently gone once you’ve deleted.

How to delete the Facebook app?

Once you’ve deleted your account, you may wish to get rid of the app completely from your phone.

On iPhone, you delete apps by holding down on your home screen.  When the apps start moving around click the cross in the top-right corner of the app you want to delete.

On an Android phone, open your device’s settings, tap apps & notifications, then choose the app that you want to uninstall.  If you don’t see it, first tap see all apps or app info.  Then choose to uninstall.    (Source: METRO Wednesday 21 Mar 2018)


How to delete all the data Facebook keeps on you, WITHOUT deleting your entire account

Facebook holds a huge amount of data on its users.  Much of this information is volunteered by its users – profile picture, photo albums, statuses, messages, friends, videos, comments and events.  And other data is quietly collected by Facebook in the background, like web history, location information and even the time spent looking at each post in the News Feed.

If you remain logged into Facebook, the social network can see almost every other website you visit.  And even if you log-out of your Facebook account before you start surfing the world wide web, it still keeps a close eye.  Facebook is alerted every time you load a webpage with one of its Like or Share buttons embedded.

If you want to limit the information Facebook gathers on you – without deleting your entire account – the Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided some useful tips.
The data privacy watchdog says, “Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user privacy on an unprecedented scale, and, while legislators and regulators scramble to understand the implications and put limits in place, users are left with the responsibility to make sure their profiles are properly configured.”

Addressing the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says: “The scale of this violation of user privacy reflects how Facebook’s terms of service and API were structured at the time.  “Make no mistake: this was not a data breach.  This was exactly how Facebook’s infrastructure was designed to work.”

Facebook users who want to restrict the amount of data gathered by the social network should follow these simple steps.  But keep in mind that this disables all platform apps (including services you might like, including Farmville, Twitter, and Instagram) and you will not be able to log into sites using your Facebook login.

Log into Facebook and visit the App Settings page, or head there manually via the Settings Menu > Apps.

From there, click Edit under Apps, Websites and Plugins. Then tap Disable Platform.

If this seems a little too drastic for you, Facebook does let you limit the amount of your personal information accessible by apps that friends use.

From the same page as before, hit Edit under Apps Others Use.

Then uncheck the types of information that you don’t want others’ apps to be able to access.  For most people reading this post, that will mean unchecking every category. (*Source: EXPRESS dated Wed, Mar 21, 2018)


Happy and Enjoy Life — Orlando Espinosa

Being happy and enjoying life are the most important things you can do for yourself!

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❝The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.❞ ~ Richard Bach

❝If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…Today should always be our most wonderful day.❞ ~ Thomas Dreier

❝With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future.  I live now.❞ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just As Important — Orlando Espinosa

Learning to be kind to ourselves is just as important to be kind to others!

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“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.” – Wilson Mizner

“Everyone in this world is somehow connected.  So why not just be nice to everybody.” – Richard Simmons

“We’ve been trained since kindergarten: Be nice, be kind, share, put on a smile.  So we’re conditioned to squash our natural selfish instincts, and that’s the right thing for society.” – Bryan Cranston

Eliminate — Orlando Espinosa

Eliminate the unnecessary things that keep you from moving forward! Simplicity can help you identify the essentials in order to eliminate the rest!

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❝Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.❞ ~ Leonardo da Vinci

❝To be simple is to be great.❞ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

❝Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.❞ ~ Richard Halloway