September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. To honor those who have been affected by the disease, Better Living Yoga and Yoga 4 Brain Health brings you a view of this worldwide epidemic, the search for a cure and what we can do to live Alzheimer’s Free for generations to come.
Sitting with my fifty-eight-year-old sister while she was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s was devastating. I have never felt the same level of despair and hopelessness in any other situation in my adult life. The message I continued to hear from her physicians was “there is nothing we can do”. Watching her cognitive decline without understanding a way to provide relief was beyond a doubt some of my darkest days.
Alzheimer’s Disease is almost epidemic. In fact, it may potentially bankrupt the Medicare system by 2050. The statistics are daunting…
You are standing in a yoga class, eyes dead ahead, sweat on your brow, one foot firmly planted on your mat the other against your thigh in tree pose. You inhale, and at the bottom of your exhale, you rest in this position which is both active and peaceful. Balanced.