Young Minds Tackle Challenges Of Alzheimer’s

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Last week I attended an all day conference hosted by the Stanford Center on Longevity.  The event centered around the centers first student Design Challenge and was themed “maximizing independence for those with cognitive impairment.”

There were 52 submissions from 15 countries of which 7 finalists were selected to present.  The finalists came from as far as Singapore and Copenhagen and as close as San Francisco.  The winning idea — as selected by a panel of educators, senior care professionals, and investors — was EatWell created by Sha Yao representing the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.


Ms. Yao’s seven piece tableware set addresses the daily challenges people with Alzheimer’s face.  According to Ken Smith, Center on Longevity’s Director of Mobility and one of the organizers of the challenge, “blue was chosen as the color of the insides of bowls because dementia sufferers can become confused when the food…

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Experience 12 Minutes in Alzheimer’s Dementia

It can be very hard for someone without Alzheimer’s to understand what it feels like for someone who does have this disease. In this video, two people without Alzheimer’s undergo a twelve minute simulation of life with Alzheimer’s to better understand how difficult daily tasks can be when a person is also struggling with Alzheimer’s, and why the victims of this disease need loving support.

Avaz Raises $550K In Seed To Help Autistic Children Communicate Using Visual Tools


Over half a million children with autism in the next decade will become adults, underscoring a growing challenge that needs to be dealt in the future. But with 1 in 68 children now affected with autism, it’s already the most prevalent neurological disorder in the world that needs more innovations to help people cope with the disorder. 

As TechCrunch’s Leena Rao wrote earlier today, fortunately, there are life-changing technologies that are being developed at the intersection of health evaluation and diagnosis.

Avaz AAC, a new speech therapy app for autism developed by Ajit Narayanan and his team at Chennai-based Invention Labs, has just raised $550k in seed funding led by Inventus Capital and Mumbai Angels, to help solve the problem. Google India MD Rajan Anandan and Sierra Atlantic founder Raju Reddy are among other investors participating in this round of funding.

This new funding will be used to…

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3 Basic Stress Management Techniques (From 10-Year Old Mallie)

Simple steps for relaxation…I’m sure we all could put these to good use now and then!

The Casual Conversationalist

Back in a time before the internet was actually useful and safe for a child to explore unsupervised (pre-parental controls in the 1990s), I liked to read encyclopedias and other reference books for fun. I admire little Mallie’s patience and concentration, as the thought of doing that today is incredibly boring, despite my preference for non-fiction books.

My parents had a medical reference book that taught how to treat various minor aches and illnesses at home. Even as a child, I was drawn to the stress management section. In retrospect, I suppose this should have been a red flag about my chronic anxiety issues that weren’t discovered for another 15 years, but I was a generally curious kid.

I’ve learned a lot about stress management from various workshops and literature I obtained in grad school and in therapy…oh, and from the internet. But these basic techniques that I integrated as…

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Reducing Anxiety

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These awesome little tips are great for anyone who might be feeling stressed right now.

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Reducing Anxiety

I found this on BuzzFeed a while ago and I found it really helpful. As someone who has suffered panic attacks in the past, I know it can be really hard to calm yourself down when you feel really anxious. When I saw this I wrote down the different things in my journal and now I refer to it whenever I feel like I am getting anxiety. These things are also great for people who don’t suffer from anxiety but just need a little pick me up.

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The Higher Purpose of Doodling

Drawing is a great outlet for our emotions and a way to get deeper in touch with ourselves. Writing and reading are on the list, too.

Out of a Great Need

When our older daughter struggles with anxiety, out come the black felt tip markers…she doodles…often using Zentangle…she usually focuses on words, phrases, quotes, lyrics, poetry…it helps her tremendously.
Enjoy a couple of her doodles below.


She even doodles over collages and paintings. 🙂

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And what music plays in the background?  Here is a favorite of hers…she even bought the album for her dad.

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