Aging Expectations

Ted Talk: How I’m Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s

Okay, let’s just get it out there, Ted Talks are amazing. Therefore, I want to share with you some great Ted Talks related to aging.

I wanted to start with this one about Alzheimer’s Disease. Why?

My outlook on aging is extremely positive. The things on which I like to focus mainly relate to how to improve aging, how to be optimistic about aging, and how to target areas related to aging that will allow the optimal longevity.

When I read that, I love it (as you might imagine)! Other people though might yearn for what they consider a more realistic approach. You know, not all roses and sunshine. I get it…I don’t love roses, myself.

In an effort to reach all types of people and cover the topic thoroughly, I want to discuss the negative aspects of aging as well.

Of course, my philosophy on this will remain:

focus on the positive

That being said, this piece comes from Alanna Shaikh, the daughter of a man with Alzheimer’s. In her career, she is focused on global health. You can find her writing here or if you want, check her out on Twitter here.

In her talk, she is brave and thoughtful. I love her words and sentiment. Not surprisingly, I teared up at the end.

As beautiful as it is, Alanna makes some fabulous points about Alzheimer’s Disease. Watch the video below:


Did you love it?

Here are the points I found most interesting:

  • Alzheimer’s is a monster that can attack anyone.
  • Even though the above is true, you should still do what you can to prevent it.
  • Don’t pass judgment on your hobbies! You never know when they will serve you.
  • Happier is better in almost all aspects associated with this disease.
  • Being a loving person draws people to you.

I am interested in your thoughts! Please let me know in the comment section below.

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