Alzheimer's Is Not A Natural Part Of Aging

Alzheimer's Is Not A Natural Part Of Aging

Memories matter and nobody should have to go through this.
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Alzheimer's isn't a common word people will hear in their lives. Alzheimer's is a scary word because the results are the loss of loved ones who have also lost or are losing their memory. Many Alzheimer's disease support groups or charities work to inform the young people of today to be more aware of the effects of this disease that may affect them one day.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only disease that does not have a way to slow the process or a cure.

Did you know women are more likely to get Alzheimer's than men?

My grandfather, unfortunately, lost his life about 13 years ago. He had a brain aneurysm that led to him having an awful form of dementia.

He forgot how to feed himself, he forgot how to use the restroom, but thank God for my grandma because she kept him going for so many years after his diagnosis.

My great-grandmother was also diagnosed with dementia, but not until her old age. My uncle, too, has Alzheimer's. He's about 67 and he doesn't know who I am, who my grandma is, and he forgot he was at his own wife's funeral. I remember he looked at me and said, "Have you seen Sondra Vores?" He had already forgotten we were just at her funeral. Bless my cousin Allison for making sure he has the right care to keep going.

My grandmother also has Dementia. She just turned 77 on February 6th and she's lived in a small town in Indiana her entire life. I remember my mom telling me how my grandma forgot how to get home in this town she was born and raised in. I am so grateful for my grandfather for taking such great care of her while my family and I are so far away in South Carolina.

I've named my relatives who are living or have died with dementia or ALZ and they're of an older age. Many people believe that this disease comes with an old age, but in reality, it does not. Alzheimer's is not a form of old aging.

I am so thankful for the sorority Sigma Kappa for having Alzheimer's Association as one of their philanthropies and the amount of support that goes towards Alzheimer's and towards a cure.

Knowing so many people that have been affected by Alzheimer's or dementia and knowing people with the same experience has lead to a future where I want to cure this disease because memories matter and nobody should have to go through this.

Cover Image Credit: Alex Russell

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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Let's Face It, Coconut Oil Should Be Called 'Super Oil' Because That's Exactly What It Is

I use coconut oil so much, it might as well be running through my veins.

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Since I was five, I remember my mom using coconut oil for almost everything! My hair, my skin, my food, you name it, my mom had a way to involve coconut oil. My dad, being in the government, had the opportunity of living in the southern parts of India, where coconut oil has massive significance. His friendship with the people down there ensured an endless supply of coconut oil, even when we moved back to the north.

Over the years, I have seen my family use coconut oil for so many things. How could I not share this valuable information with others?

1. In cooking!

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A lot of south Indian dishes see the use of coconut oil and not only for flavor. If used in moderation in terms of usage as a cooking oil, coconut oil can be very good for health. It increases the "good" HDL cholesterol levels in the body.

Some studies also show that it can aid weight loss!

2. For your skin!

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing. It has made my skin so much better! Simply using it as a moisturizer for all the dry areas is so helpful—from cracked lips to parched skin to annoying cuticles and dry feet, coconut oil makes your skin super soft! Mixing some crushed sugar in coconut oil makes a great scrub—one that exfoliates yet leaves your skin moisturized!

Coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover, and it works like magic! Ditch those expensive makeup-remover wipes and buy yourself a bottle of virgin coconut oil!

It is also great as a shaving cream. It moisturizes the skin and allows blades to easily glide. It can be used for almost all body parts! In my opinion, coconut oil is so much better than any shaving cream I have ever used!

3. For your hair!

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Coconut oil has done wonders for my dry, damaged hair! It can be used as an alternative to harsh serums that are full of chemicals. Using coconut oil is a great way to tame frizz and nourish your hair with the much-needed oil that is washed away by shampoo. Applying coconut oil overnight deep-conditions your hair, leaving it silky smooth after a wash. It is also used to treat dandruff and aids hair growth!

Since I was a baby, my mom has used coconut oil as a detangler. It is extremely gentle and has no chemicals attached to it.

Coconut oil can also be used as a base for hair coloring.

4. For your teeth and more!

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Oil pulling! Also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," it is an Ayurvedic method of cleaning teeth. Just take one scoop of coconut oil and keep it in your mouth for 20-30 minutes. It sounds gross, but it has helped many people overcome bad breath and unhealthy gums. Before you try this, read a little more about it to make sure you get the best results!

Coconut oil has lauric acid, which has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. As a result, coconut oil can be used to fight infections. This is also why it is used in oil-pulling.

This property of coconut oil and its ability to cling to makeup particles is made use of in cleaning makeup brushes!

In case, I haven't mentioned this before, coconut oil works like magic for almost anything!

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