More Scary findings on Dimentia


Jan. 6, 2012

By Patricia Nicholson

Researchers have discovered another reason why belly fat may be bad for women’s health: it may have a role in the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in women. A study from Tufts University in Boston links women’s dementia and Alzheimer’s risk to a hormone secreted by the type of fat that accumulates in the abdomen.

Earlier research established a link between cardiovascular risk factors (such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure) with risk of cognitive decline. One possible explanation for the overlap between these cardiovascular risk factors and dementia risk factors is the inflammation and insulin resistance that are characteristics of Type 2 diabetes. The study authors wanted to look at the possible role of several factors that affect either inflammation or blood glucose, including a hormone called adiponectin. The researchers were interested in adiponectin not only because it plays a role in insulin signaling, but also because brain tissue contains receptors for adiponectin. This hormone is produced in abdominal fat.

The researchers followed 541 women and 399 men who were participating in the Framingham Heart Study and had no dementia at the start of the study.  The participants’ levels of several substances that play a role in inflammation or in balancing blood glucose levels were measured between 1985 and 1988. They were then followed for 13 years, during which time a total of 159 people developed dementia, including 125 who had Alzheimer’s disease.

Adiponectin was the only one of the six substances measured in the participants’ blood that was significantly associated with a higher risk of dementia, and only in women. The other five substances tested (glucose, glycated albumin, insulin, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2) did not appear to be linked to dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Women whose adiponectin levels were higher than the group’s median level were 63 per cent more likely to develop dementia and 87 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to women whose adiponectin levels were lower than the median.

The results are puzzling because adiponectin is known to increase sensitivity to insulin. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have dysfunctional insulin signaling in their brains, adiponectin might be expected to have a protective effect against dementia. Future studies may help to show whether adiponectin itself increases dementia risk, or whether adiponectin levels may have been higher in the group that developed Alzheimer’s because levels increased in an attempt to protect the brain.’s-risk-of-dementia-and-alzheimer’s

Long distance grandparents – another idea


If you want to foster a long distance relationship with your grandchildren or grandparents, consider a letter writing contest!  Hard copy or email, you will get the same impact.  And be sure to keep the letters for your yearly craft photobook!

Step 1.  Parents or grandparents should send out a letter announcing the contest and the categories for prizes, including the most letters, the funniest letter, the most original letter, and the most creative letter .

Step 2.  Start writing letters.  Recommend a monthly, quarterly and yearly prize to keep up interests.  And keep in mind skill levels.  Try to reinforce what is being taught in school to keep it age appropriate.  For example, in JK, consider using the sight words or letter of the week.

Step 3.  Parents would make an ideal judging panel.  For every child, there should be a prize.  And celebrate!  Use family day, birthdays, etc to make the celebration real.

Step 4.  Set aside your favorites electronically on a monthly basis.

Step 5.  Incorporate your letters into the yearly craft photobook.  Share the photobook at Christmas time or print extra copies for the grandparents as a unique and touching gift.

What to do with all those crafts?!?

Once your children enter daycare, preschool or daycare, there is an endless amount of crafts coming home!  And every piece is beautiful.  So how can we archive the works or art without buying a storage room?  Easy!

Step 1. Throughout the year, take digital pictures of all crafts, artwork, etc.

Step 2. Every 3, 6 or 12 months, sit down in front of your computer to select your favorites and place the digital pics in a separate folder.

Step 3.  Pick a family holiday at home to showcase the favourite pics in a sideshow so that everyone can comment.  Be sure to mentally or physically write down the comments for your photobook or scrapbook.

Step 4.  Contact us to help you publish the photobook.  Or make your own scrapbook.

Step 5.  Throw away the originals to make room for next year!

Long distance grandparents


It may not always be practical to visit family daily or weekly.  But it is important to create lasting impressions with grandchildren when they are young.  One approach could be to design an alphabet book that chronicles family stories.


Instead of buying an alphabet book off the shelf, use a photobook, scrapbook or photo album to design your own.  It is easier than you think and we are here to help.  Contact us today or read on…

Step 1.  Sort the photos according to letter (a photo of the family picking apples might be categorized under “A” for “apples” or “P” for “picking apples,” depending on her needs)

Step 2.  Photocopy or scan the original photos to preserve old archived photos

Srep 3.  For scans, consider making a photobook.  We are here to support.

Step 4.  For hard copy photos, cut and paste or place photos into a scrapbook or album, with two pages for each letter of the alphabet.

Step 5.  Use funny phrases or family annecdotes to describe the photos and label each one.

Remember that this book will also be a record of memorable family events like first Christmas, vacasports etc.  The key is to organize the book so that it tells a story about the family.