I absolutely love sardines. I grew up eating Spanish canned sardines packed in olive oil or tomato sauce. I used to eat them on a Ritz cracker. Nowadays I eat them in salads or with pasta or couscous. If I have the time and the inclination I make Sarde in Saor, a Venetian dish of sardines marinated with onions, pine nuts, raisins and vinegar.
Sardines and other oily fish like salmon, mackerel, black cod and herring are considered “brain food” because they are rich in Omega-3. This fatty acid is the primary building block of the brain and helps maintain a healthy heart. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Medicine suggests that eating Omega-3 fatty acids once a week reduced the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease by 60 percent.
In my maternal side of the family there’s a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. My mother is entering the last stage of the disease with severe cognitive decline. Her youngest brother, Mike, in whose memory I placed the Alzheimer widget on the right, died last year, 12 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My mother's sister is showing early signs of the disease.
I intend to do everything in my power to prevent this disease from afflicting my family. Although there is no proven way to prevent it, there are some practices that can be incorporated into the daily life such as eating a brain-healthy diet and exercising regularly.
World Alzheimer's Day, September 21, is a day when Alzheimer's associations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Currently there are more than 26 million people across the world living with Alzheimer’s and that number will quadruple by 2050.
World Alzheimer's Day was first launched on September 21, 1994, at the Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) conference as part of the 10th anniversary celebration.
World Alzheimer's Day provides an opportunity for the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations around the globe to unify effort to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families and to rally people to get involved.
Please join me in creating awareness about this disease that robs people of their memory, reason, and eventually the ability to care for themselves.