January is Alzheimer Awareness Month 

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is scientifically characterized by two pathological lesions, beta-amyloid (Aβ) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, that are progressively distributed throughout the brain.  In layman's terms, a gradually progressive condition and disorder of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior in some adults 65 or older.  

The Alzheimer's Association recommends the steps below in maintaining and improving brain health.

  1. Be physically active each day.  Examples include walking, running, weightlifting, gardening, yoga, tai chi, swimming, dancing, biking, team sports, and yard work.
  2. Protect your heart.  Monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes closely.
  3. Stay socially active.
  4. Manage your medical conditions.
  5. Challenge your thinking by taking on mental leisure activities that you enjoy most.
  6. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.  Getting a good night's rest is paramount in maintaining a healthy brain.  Over 6-8 hours each night is recommended.
  7. Have depression treated.  Depression is more than just feeling down.  Seek help to improve the functionality of your brain.
  8. Avoid excessive alcohol intake.  Limit your intake of wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages.
  9. Maintain your hearing.  Protect your ears from excessive dust and loud noises.
  10. Find meaning in life.  Find a purpose to get out of bed each day.
  11. Avoid all types of head injury.  
  12. Adopt healthy behaviors.  Make healthy food choices, reduce avoidable stress, quit or reduce smoking, and get regular check-ups with your doctor.

We've included below, many of the other dates in January that we observe and celebrate across the world.  If we've missed any other special dates, we apologize and ask that you please reach out to [email protected] and we'll be sure to add and observe that day/month moving forward.

January 1 – Emancipation Proclamation: President Lincoln declared all individuals held in slavery free on this day in 1863

January 1 - Feast of St. Basil:  The Greek Orthodox church commemorates Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia.  Saint Basil was renowned for learning and Holiness.

January 2 - World Introvert Day:  Introverts are usually misunderstood, and this day honors their accomplishments.

January 4 – Louis Braille’s birthday: he was a French educator who created a reading and writing system known as “braille” for the visually impaired

January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany: this Christian feast day celebrates the star leading the three wise men to baby Jesus closing the Christmas season

January 15 – Makar Sankranti: Hindu festival dedicated to the god of the sun, Surya

January 15 - World Religion Day:  On this day we observe the various religious groups and beliefs around the world.

January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day:  celebrates one of the best-known civil rights activists, MLK Jr.

January 22 – Lunar New Year: this festival marks the start of the new year in the lunar calendar used in East Asia, Southeast Asia and elsewhere

January 24 - International Day of Education: Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in breaking the cycle leading to poverty.  On this day in January, we celebrate teachers, faculty and most of all the children.

January 27 – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust: a United Nations holiday that remembers the approximately 6 million Jews murdered during World War II

January 29 – Birthday of Oprah Winfrey: the birthday of the “Queen of Media,” a well-known talk show host and philanthropist. She is also North America’s first black billionaire

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