Excuses for Memory Slips

In the following video, science and health journalist Max Lugavere talks at a TEDxVeniceBeach meeting about how Dementia is preventable if people change their lifestyles so they won’t have to come up with all sorts of excuses for memory slips in the early stages of the disease. In the video, Max talks about lifestyle changes and fascinating diets that may lead to a significant reduction in the risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Max was always pretty close with his mom and when she started to show the first signs of dementia when she was only in her 50s, Max was shocked to the core. Dementia was an old people’s disease, wasn’t it? Well, Max knew that drug trials had a near one hundred percent failure rate, so he started out looking what to so.

He learned that in 2017, one of America’s leading Alzheimer’s organizations had discovered that some 35 percent of all dementia cases might have been prevented through lifestyle changes. So Max made the decision to devote much of his time to discovering how people can best prevent the disease.

Now let’s take a look at people making excuses for memory slips. It’s oh, so easy to come up with excuses for our memory slips yet at some point and time, the disease will force us to take notice. When I saw my doctor he asked me “What is your worst fear?” My greatest fear was that I had Alzheimer’s disease.

I was quite stunned when he answered: “with the symptoms you have, you may hope that it’s Alzheimer’s since we are able to treat that pretty well.” And here we are, I’m a testament to that treatment. Read also what other people with dementia have to say about dementia and Alzheimer’s.

I’m living a full and very active so often, people are surprised and act disbelieving when they hear that I’m diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But that’s only part of the reasons why I’m telling them about the disease. I really would like to change the view most people have of the disease. Let them speak out. Right here and now, I am no less a person. I just have a physical disease that makes it difficult for me to access the information stored in my brain sometimes.

I tell people that if they have any concerns at all, see their doctors. Don’t put it off. Early diagnosis is too important. People see me enjoying life and it takes away some of their fear, even if they think the disease is inherited. So much progress has been made in Alzheimer research and treatment. I’ve had more than 1,500 days since I was diagnosed and I’ve enjoyed every one.

One of the difficult things about this disease is the feeling that your mind has betrayed you. But you have to accept that you have this disease. It can be a very lonely situation if you don’t accept it. Joining an early-stage support group helped me immensely. I found that there were things that I could do that enabled me to help myself as well as others affected by the disease. Now I’m thinking more about how to best spread awareness, how to raise sufficient funding, and how to best take away some of the mystery that’s still surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

I’m one of that small portion of the population that has a familial predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. My grandfather and father both had dementia. I have three sons and a daughter so I am focused on the next generation and what they may face.

Although I’m very concerned for their well being, I take comfort in the progress that has been made in recent years. I believe that with well-funded research significant breakthroughs are within our reach. When developments are continuing as they were since I got the diagnose back in 2001, it may be very well so that my kids will never have to hear these words: “You’ve got Alzheimer’s.” That’s my sincerest hope.

This disease is a journey that my wife Pat and I are taking together. She has Alzheimer’s disease and it has been very difficult to watch the changes in her. Several years ago, our children tried to convince us to move to Prince Albert so that we would be closer to them. We weren’t ready then, but they planted the seed and let us know that we were wanted.

Now, the time is approaching and it looks like we will be moving there before the year is out. It’s a significant relief to know how much support and help is there for us. Our family wants to be a more intimate part of this journey and I take tremendous comfort in knowing that they will go through this with us.

Although our personal situation is difficult I remain very hopeful for those who are suffering from this disease. In the four years that I have been involved with the Society, research has gained tremendous momentum. It’s like a huge mushroom cloud that is spreading and becoming more powerful. We have the attention of the right people!

The National Conference program arrived recently. The number and quality of the people who are trading knowledge at this conference are exceptional. It’s important that they come together to share information. I want to help in whatever way I can so I’ll be volunteering at the conference. These people care about the future and what’s happening to people like Pat. It means a great deal for all of us.