My name is Mary Ann Ford. I’m the mother of two adult daughters–Sarah and Loui, I’m a significant other to Roger, I’m a learner, and I’m currently looking for traveling companions. I don’t mean for a literal trip but for one that starts with a ground-breaking scientific discovery– memory loss, even Alzheimer’s disease can be reversed or, better yet, prevented. Yes, you read that correctly. I have loved my life to this point and can’t imagine living any of my remaining years without the clear and occasionally clever mind that I used to take for granted.
First, I sold my eleven-year old business delivering locally-grown, organic foods. Then three months later, still with sixty extra hours a week to fill, I received in the mail a book called, The End of Alzheimer’s by Dr. Dale Bredesen (startling title, right?). I see that Loui was the giver and I understand immediately. Loui has always said that she will take care of me if or when I’m unable to fend for myself and naturally, she would rather take care of a clear-thinking mother than one with Alzheimer’s. Hey, I’m totally on board with that, and, in fact will be thrilled if I’m able-bodied and able-minded so that I can travel to wherever Sarah and Loui end up settling down and have beautiful, mentally-stimulating visits like we have now.
So I began reading the book and only a few paragraphs in, my jaw dropped in awe at the discoveries Dr. Dale Bredesen and others are making about how the brain works, what Alzheimer’s actually is and how Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline can be treated and prevented. Dr. Bredesen’s protocol continues to show astounding results with real Alzheimer’s patients since the 2014 publication of his initial article. As a former teacher and educational researcher, I’m intellectually intrigued; yet more compelling for me as the daughter of two parents with dementia, is the call to heed the new research, defy the odds and maintain a bright mind for life.
I’m still working my way through this revolutionary book but as I go, I aim to put into practice the protocol pieces that make sense for me. It’s my journey to a bright mind for life. I am not a scientist, rather a regular mom, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, and companion who fervently wishes to keep my brain as healthy as possible for as long as I live.