Thursday, January 22, 2009

Alzheimer's vs Dementia

When does forgetfulness become something more.....When do Alzheimer's and dementia become evident....when do they become part of the picture???? As we become older, many of us will have problems with our memory, this is normal, it is part of the aging process. But, going for a walk and not remembering or knowing where you are going is not normal and becomes cause for concern.

As Alzhiemer's progresses memory loss and the inability to make decisions occur. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a term used to describe a number of brain disorders. Alzheimer's disease is a nuerological disorder, a progressive disease of the nervous system. The person will start failing to recognize familiar people and places. Preparing meals becomes difficult, losing things and getting lost occurs more frequently.

They are cognitively aware that something is dreadfully wrong, but they don't want anyone to know they can't comprehend anymore for fear they will be abandoned, so, they remain silent and become withdrawn and depressed. Depression is one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, and sleeping most of the time is another.

Alzheimer's disease affects the parts of the brain that control the thought, memory, and language, and usually begins at 60. They begin to have spacial problems, when watching T.V., they feel that what is going on in the T.V. is going on in the room. Rugs, they feel like they are going to fall into a hole.

Memory goes back in time, they see themselves in the mirror and don't recognize themselves. They see themselves as 21 years old. They continually repeat stories and/or ask the same question over and over. Alzheimer's is a 2 victim disease, loved ones grieving all the time for the person that used to be there, but is not there anymore. Unfortunately, in the Severe stages institutionalization becomes necessary.

I attended an Alzheimer's convention and the speaker mentioned that Alzheimer's disease is caused by plaque in the brain, the cause is unknown. Doctors and nutritionist say the best way to eat is the Mediteranian style. This diet consists of extra virgin olive oil, yogart, plenty of fruit and vegetable, fish, hummus, and not too much red meat. Excercise at least three times a week and keep the brain actively busy. Read, learn a new language, play an instrument, challenge your mind. This information was very helpful to me, I hope it will be as helpful to you.

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