ARE MEN MORE FORGETFUL?
Apparently so. Women tend to access their memories faster and perform better in verbal-based episodic memory tasks. One theory links varying brain structures of men and women—specifically, that the hippocampus, (the part of the brain associated with memory), begins to decrease in volume faster in men than in women.
NEED MORE HELP FROM FAMILY?
Oftentimes brothers and sisters, who might be busy themselves, think you have everything under control and there isn’t much they need to do, or:
1. They don’t know how to help
2. They’re scared of doing a bad job
3. They’re overwhelmed
Hint: Invite them for lunch or tea each week and talk them through the process live. The more first-hand exposure they have, the more they’ll understand how much you do and the more comfortable they’ll be to step up little by little. Give them a task like helping Mom eat her lunch, taking her out in the garden or household duties.
A condition called Sjogren’s syndrome, which affects more women than men, damages the salivary, tear and mucoussecreting glands might be the cause. Sjogren’s can lead to dry eye, dry mouth and swollen salivary glands. Radiation therapy for head and neck cancer or the use of recreational drugs can also be factors. Ask your dentist for advice.
PERKS FOR CARERS
In a global survey of 3,000 managers and workers done by staffing firm Robert Half, researchers found that approximately 50 per cent of companies now offer flexible work schedules or telecommuting options for their employees.
10% OF BODY WEIGHT
Blood makes up between eight and 10 per cent of a person’s total weight. It’s only about a cup when we’re born but, fully grown, the average adult has anywhere from 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood flowing through their veins.
DID YOU KNOW?
Happy cows have been shown to produce more calcium-rich milk.
FINLAND’S SECRETTO HAPPINESS?
Ranked No. 1 in the World Happiness Report for three years straight, Finland shares their day-to-day habits via a virtual course on classcentral.com. The free, 60-minute online classes feature six local experts explaining the “happiness equation.”
15 SIGNS OF DEMENTIA
If you notice any of these warning signs, start to document them and contact
a physician as soon as possible.
1. Short-term memory loss
2. Problems speaking or writing
3. Confusion with time and place
4. Poor judgment or decision-making
5. Changes in mood and personality
6. Reduced concentration
7. Misplacing and losing things
8. Inability to perform simple daily tasks
9. Doing the same thing over and over again
10. Lack of interest
11. Unable or unwillingness to learn new things
12. Loss of direction, inability to retrace steps
13. Problems with numbers and symbols
14. Challenges in planning or solving problems
15. Withdrawal from social activities
FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU FEEL IT?
That’s what researchers at University of South Australia say could help when you’re feeling down.Researchers found smiling—even a fake smile—can have a positive impact on mood. Essentially, triggering certain facial muscles by smiling can “trick” your brain into thinking you’re happy.
SUGAR: A PATHWAY FOR GROWTH OF CANCER CELLS
Did you know a first-world citizen consumes 126 grams of sugar per day; that is four times more than recommend. Just one glass of a sugary soft drink equals to eights poonfuls of sugar.
TRUE OR FALSE?
COVID-19 on your shoes? (FALSE) The likelihood of COVID-19 spreading on shoes and infecting individuals is very low according to the World Health Organization. However, to be on the safe side, consider leaving your shoes at the entrance.
ARE YOU SELLING YOURSELF SHORT?
When it comes to putting your house on the market it’s important to take your time
• Review options with trusted family members, advisors or accountants
• Don’t be rushed and be sure to establish comfortable and realistic timelines.
• Plan to de-clutter and/or stage your home professionally if you can afford it.
• Consider bank or private financing or rental options if they offer alternate solutions.