For gamer, television presenter and Dementia Australia ambassador Stephanie Bendixsen, it was tricky coming up with different topics of conversation or activities she could share with her mother, who died earlier this year from dementia.
In what could be a major development in the study of dementia and other cognitive impairments, an American study has found that among those with hypertension, intensive systolic blood pressure control can reduce the likelihood of mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to dementia.
When this letter dropped into our CHILD inbox, we just had to share it. For a huge number of mums, the feeling of loneliness after they’ve have their baby can be quite overwhelming. Melanie reached out to us with a tip for anyone with a newborn, about how opening up to a mums’ group ended up meaning more to her than she could have ever imagined.
We often hear about the benefits of reading storybooks at bedtime for promoting vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a good relationship with your child. But the experts haven’t been in your home, and your child requests the same book every single night, sometimes multiple times a night.
One is fussy, one is laid back. One is punctual and clean, the other is messy and always late. One is young, the other is old.
This may seem old-fashioned, but there are skills to be learned when kids aren’t told what to do,” said Dr. Michael Yogman, a Harvard Medical School pediatrician who led the drafting of the call to arms. Whether it’s rough-and-tumble physical play, outdoor play or social or pretend play, kids derive important lessons from the chance to make things up as they go, he said.
There is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary adventures set in faraway places. Tales about how the dishwasher isn’t working. It doesn’t matter! Whether made up by parents or read from books, kids love to hear stories.