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Written by: Sarah Ohm 06 10 2013 Brain Health berriesWhen it comes to health, not so often does “brain health” come to mind first. Most people focus on eating to lose weight, or eating to gain muscle mass... but what about eating for brain health? Do you know that certain nutrients in food can help improve memory, or improve the area of the brain that processes feelings and emotions? How about eating foods that will decrease the chances of developing any form of dementia?

This is a guest post by Caitlin Johnston, the founder and CEO of Memory Mats, a product that aims to help recollection in Alzheimer's patients. Caitlin and FFAB became connected through their passion of helping people with Alzheimer's disease and their families - as well as saving memories. Caitlin also founded the Purple Elephant Campaign to raise awareness of Alzheimer's - at the younge age of 25! We wanted to share her story with you to give a different perspective on the disease to the ones we've been posting recently. We hope you enjoy her story!

At 21 years old and I had entered into what seemed at the time to be a hidden world. I was hired as Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator of a Long Term Care Home. Myself, and 8 others managed and supervised 250 staff that all cared for 204 seniors. My world had shifted in a big way, as everyone I was spending most of my time with was 70-104 years of age. I quickly learned that you couldn’t become attached to these beautiful people since their life span was now 6 months – 5 years. They all shared wonderful stories with me, gave me life lessons and tons of laughs. What really hit home with me was that each time I had a conversation with most of them their memory was declining. They had started to forget their children, nieces, nephews and significant others. Their loved ones would walk through the door and they would be more excited to say hello to me than their life partner that they had spent 50 years growing old with. This tore my heart to shreds.

Men’s Style for Memory Ball

by Alexander Liang

Memory Ball is coming in a few short weeks and the question begins to rise: what to wear to the ball? While the ladies worry about their dress lengths and which heels to wear, I’ve put together a few outfit ideas for the guys. There are lots of ways for men to look sharp under the “semi-formal” dress code, so here is some inspiration to think about! With spring in the air, perhaps it’s time to go for colour? You don’t need to go full on crayon box, but rather choose one pop of color that stands out. For example, this yellow blazer from Marc by Marc Jacobs (available at Holt Renfrew), paired with a black shirt, black skinny tux trousers and black leather croc belt from Topman. Finish off with this metallic shoe from Magnanni (available at Browns) and you’ve got yourself a statement, very on trend look.

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  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Blazer http://tinyurl.com/ctrx8xr
  2. Topman shirt http://tinyurl.com/br5534g
  3. Topman pants http://tinyurl.com/ca2bumg
  4. Topman belt http://tinyurl.com/cg5lh8o
  5. Magnanni shoes http://tinyurl.com/c2prza9