Across the world, over 40 million individuals suffer from what we call “Alzheimer’s Disease”. Expectations are that this number will increase drastically over the next few decades. Unfortunately, no progress of any significance has been made to fight the disease since it first was classified more than a century ago. The fact of the matter is that Alzheimer’s Disease is a family affair. Just listen to Dr. Samuel Cohen speaking about Alzheimer’s Disease in the TED Talks video:
Check out also the following conversation:
I try not to feel bad when he says things that sound mean,” says Jylelle. “I really try to remember that he doesn’t mean it.”
“He recognizes Grandma, but he doesn’t know who you are,” reminds Virginia. “You would likely act the same way if you thought strangers were in your house eating your food,” she explains. Explaining the disease in a way that the girls can relate to improves their understanding and empathy for their grandfather.
Recognizing each state of Alzheimer’s helps the sufferer understand what to expect as the disease progresses. Initially, the person will experience memory loss, followed by difficulty performing tasks they were once able to do. So when we’re talking about identifying the stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, check out this video in which Dr. Emer MacSweeney of Re-Cognition Health (Great Britain) talks about how early Alzheimer’s symptoms can be identified.
As the memory problems worsen, other symptoms might appear such as night wakings. Further down into the decline, the person will require caregivers to help them use the restroom and bathe. The final phase involves incontinence, loss of the ability to speak, and uncontrollable muscle movement caused by brain deterioration. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease with a defined series of phases.
Getting to understand the stages of Alzheimer’s may at times be a very frustrating process, particularly when you’re the one who’s living with the affliction. If you suffer from this disorder, you’ll endure confusion and mental strain as your memory becomes spotty and unreliable. Your learning capabilities will diminish and your overall sense of the things you once knew and your self-knowledge will become hard to grasp and awkward.
Dementia is a disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. Often mistaken as a disease in itself, dementia refers to a set of symptoms that lead to degeneration of the brain. Dementia accounts for the second largest cause of mental disability in people across the world, the first being depression.
Mostly associated with old age, dementia can also occur in young people, mainly due to brain injuries, tumors, infections, drug or alcohol abuse, or oxygen deprivation of the brain. Patients suffering from dementia suffer a loss of memory, retarded cognitive ability, and hindered intellectual functions. Here is a list of 5 facts about dementia:
1. Types of Dementia
Dementia is not a single disease but a group of syndromes leading to brain dysfunction. There are various types of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for almost 80% of the cases. Vascular dementia is another type of dementia, mostly caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, smoking, etc. Other types of dementia include Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Huntington’s disease, Pick’s dementia, Frontal Lobe Dementia (FLD), etc.
Children face special problems in understanding and coping when a parent or grandparent, friend or neighbor, behave in ways that they do not understand. The Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan’s has set up a special Children’s Alzheimer Education Program that we’ll take a closer look at in this post.
The Children’s Education Program was developed to educate children about Alzheimer’s disease. The program stresses the importance of maintaining relationships with people who have Alzheimer’s disease and gives children the tools and advice they need to better interact with people who have been diagnosed.
The long term goal of the program is to create a generation of young people who are better educated, more compassionate and better prepared to confront the increased challenges Alzheimer’s disease will place on us personally, as a community, and as a society. Let’s take a closer look at the Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan’s education program to make children aware of Alzheimer’s and accustomed to people suffering from the disease.
Sharing info on Alzheimer’s disease with a child can help to calm their fears and clear up any questions they might have. If they have observed an older relative experiencing memory problems and other signs of Alzheimer’s, it is important to sit down with them to discuss the symptoms of this brain disorder. So let’s take a closer look at how to tell children about Alzheimer’s.
The disease is not contagious, but Alzheimer’s statistics indicate that it may be genetic so the family should be aware of that. While scientists don’t know the cause of Alzheimer’s, there is research that shows what the risk factors are. Children can help their afflicted relatives by spending time with them. The more children know about the disorder, the less frightened they will be.
At the beginning of this post, let’s take a listen and a look at Dr. Rudy Tanzi and actor and recording artist Chris Mann at a TEDxNatick meeting where he talks about curing Alzheimer’s Disease with Science, Songs, and Simple Gifts. Alzheimer’s is growing alarmingly as our “lifespan” is rapidly outpacing our “brainspan”.
Let’s face it. In the U.S. only, there are almost 5.5 million Alzheimer’s patients as more than 70 million baby boomers are heading straight toward high-risk ages. So Alzheimer’s Disease alone could easily and singlehandedly crush the U.S. healthcare system completely. Even the GED test today includes health science questions related to Alzheimer’s and online learning platforms like BestGEDClasses.org have now included study material about the disease that’s affecting so many Americans and families.
But there’s also some good news. Dozens of our genes related to Alzheimer’s have now been identified, meaning the chances of stopping this terrible disease have never been any greater. Dr. Rudy Tanzi works at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and is world renown for his groundbreaking work and on Alzheimer’s disease.
Learning the most you can about Alzheimer’s Disease is very important in helping to treat your afflicted family member or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. First, you should speak to the doctor about the brain disease and treatment options. All caregivers should read up on Alzheimer’s statistics to become better informed about the disorder.
Check out also the following UCLA Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care video where you can learn about some very practical tools that you can use in various settings for the creation of a comfortable and safe environment for both for the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The video is very helpful for caregivers that work with seniors who suffer from dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Using repeated questions is something that really works and you’ll also see that using a dry erase board is one of the useful tips that will help you in dealing with people with Alzheimer’s.
There are Alzheimer’s support groups and organizations that can offer help. You can also turn to the Internet for support and research. Caring for a loved one with an incurable disease is a rough road, but gaining all the knowledge you can on the subject will help them get the best possible care.
Research related to Alzheimer’s Disease is making progress. We have gained considerable knowledge in the past two decades, with Canadian researchers at the forefront. They give us hope for tomorrow. In honor of the great work that’s been done, this website explores various aspects of Alzheimer’s research and the hope of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been over a century since the identification of Alzheimer’s disease. Once considered a normal part of aging, it is now a known disease with treatments and help for those affected. In this video, you can see how Sunnybrook scientists made history when they used ultrasound to temporarily breach blood-brain barriers in a clinical trial:
Those affected by Alzheimer’s disease should know that Alzheimer research is currently more promising than it has ever been in the past. We now know a great deal about the chain of events within the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. At every point in that chain, there is an opportunity to stop the process and prevent the disease.
In the following video, Alan M. Cohen gives us a complete summary of his supplementary diet that has really helped him stop Alzheimer’s Disease and even reverse the symptoms. Now, he’s enjoying an active lifestyle.
Alan says he took a cocktail 2-3 times per week of Razadyne, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Curry, organic flax seed cereal, Vitamin B12 (Chicken heart, liver, and gizzards for Vitamin B12 augmentation, multivitamin without iron, and Vflaxseed. He says to take the vitamin supplements and Razadyne regularly every day or you’ll regress and that it may take a few months for the cocktail to be effective.
I overheard a nurse saying that what Alan did makes complete sense and that had been hearing the same sounds for many years. And let’s be honest, when you’re in doubt, you should open your mind to reading and hearing about inflammation and our brain. Alzheimer’s Disease is a terrible condition so if some dietary changes will improve one’s life, just give it a go, wouldn’t you think?
Many people will get desperate and try anything to improve the condition their loved ones are in. I’ll tell you, both my parents are suffering from Alzheimer’s and turmeric and coconut oil have really made an enormous difference. Sure. it won’t make my parents 20 years old again, but this diet made them regained their laughter and personality again. Fortunately, some of the fog is lifted and let’s face it, all individuals are different and our medical world has definitely failed humanity regarding dementia.
In the following video, Dr. Robert Moir, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology of Massachusetts General Hospital and at Harvard Medical School, is sharing his views on the question “Are Infections Causing Alzheimer’s Disease?” at a TEDxCambridgeSalon meeting in October 2018. Just take a listen to how he talks about Alzheimer’s and breaking through the barriers of silence.
Worldwide, more than 50 million individuals are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The disease is basically incurable and fatal. Dr. Robert Moir is sharing new and groundbreaking research results that suggest that suggests that infection may play a crucial role in Alzheimer’s and this may help to point us in the direction of urgently needed new strategies for treatment.
Now let’s take a look at what we here wanted to do something to make a difference. We wanted to help those faced with a similar situation to somehow share our knowledge. As authors and educators, the answer was simple…a book written from two very different perspectives.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Power Foods for the Brain. Let’s first listen to Dr. Neal Barnard at a recent TEDxBismarck meeting where he speaks about his groundbreaking study and research on dietary interventions in diabetes type 2 funded mainly by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
Neil Barnard has conducted a great number of research studies on the effects of nutritious diets on body weight, chronic pain, and diabetes. Dr. Barnard wrote 17 books as well as more than 70 scientific publications on, among others, these subjects. He is chair of the U.S. Physicians Committee and has led many programs to advocate good nutrition, preventive medicine, and a higher ethical standard in our research.
Now let’s take a look at the story of the people who run Julien’s Pastry Shops in Halifax and set up a donation box for the Alzheimer Society. My wife June and I run a busy service center and gift shop on the Trans Canada Highway near Sault Ste. Marie. One day a young woman asked us if we would display a donation box for the Alzheimer Society. It was on a day like today with Christmas rapidly approaching so I decided to give her all the help I could to collect the so-much-needed funds.