Dealing with Alzheimer

Dealing with Alzheimer

Dealing with Alzheimer

It’s a windy day in town, Delores and her daughter ( no reference to real persons intended) are walking down Main Street in a small, midwest town.  Delores steps into a clothing store, she’s seen a wonderful dark green gown hanging in the shop window.  She takes it from the hanger, joyfully, then stops for a moment, looking around the unfamiliar surroundings of the shop.  Then she looks down at the garment in her hands, as if wondering how it got there.

She likes what she sees and hugs it to her chest, giggling with delight.  After looking around this strange place once more, she heads for the door, towards the more familiar setting of Main Street.  Joanne is distressed and takes her arm, leading her back into the shop.  But Delores has found something she loves, way too small for her, and won’t let go.  Feeling helpless and embarrassed, Joanne buys the garment, and they leave the shop together. One more crazy moment in a crazy day…

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative and progressive disorder of the nerve cells in a human brain. The cells or neurons are destroyed leaving behind language issues, simple thinking issues and considerable memory loss. In it’s initial stages, there is a failure of short-term memory as the cells of the hippocampus region of the brain are attacked.

WhatIsAlzheimers

Dementia is the typical resulting factor of Alzheimer’s in addition to intellectual functions usually in adults age 65 and beyond. The disease was named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer when in 1906 she went before a medical committee presenting a case of a 51 year old female suffering from a then rare brain issue. Further discovery (autopsy) showed evidence of “tangles” and “plagues” that today indicate cases of what we now know as Alzheimer’s disease.

Still with today’s medicine, scientist and doctors are not 100% sure whether these plaques and tangles surrounding the damage brain cells are the actual disease itself or simply what is left behind as a result.

Alzheimer’s and the Family

First and foremost, Thank You for visiting my site!

Welcome!  My name is Therese, and I’m sure you’ve found your way here, because you’re looking for answers!  You have a family member, relative or close friend with Alzheimer’s disease?  It is my purpose here to help you find solutions and assistance in living or communicating with someone whose memory and cognitive abilities are damaged by this form of dementia.  Also to explore any and all available measures to prevent or delay this disease, be it through nutrition, therapy or otherwise…

This is also a place to ask for and offer help and moral support from people who are also experiencing this difficult life challenge.

CO-DEPENDENCY AND ALZHEIMER’S

There are some very deeply engrained reasons for family members, ecspecially the children of AD patients, to seek help.

If you grew up in a halfways normal family, your parents were your anchor while you were growing up, and even into adult life.

Your first child, your newborn baby, who was most likely at your side in offering support, advice, help in caring, who gave you the confidence that you are a natural mother?

Your own mother…..

Choosing a vocation, excelling at school sports, finding your way in a tough world, who was the one who coached you, spurred you on, gave you the hard-knocks of the work ethic, but full of pride in you, a pillar of motivation in every storm?

Your own father…..

This strength from our parents is deeply engrained in our subconscious minds.
As we grew in independance and mastered life’s challenges after moving out on our own, this unconscious perception remained a part of our internal makeup.

As we grow in experience and years, it’s still there, in the form of character traits and the way we handle life.
Still subconscious….

But what happens when a parent develops Alzheimer’s disease, even at a very old age?
Logically speaking, we know that this can happen, know there’s a risk of developing this disease. But deep within us there’s a freeze-up against reality, a state of shock. The world of our soul, the world of the form of being our parents helped us become, turns upside down.
We find ourselves in a situation where a human being we trust and love and respect beyond words cannot sit in that place of honor we envision for them, from the heart.
Instead, cognitive abilities are lost beyond recovery. Normal daily activities and conversations crumble away, and our loved-ones begin to need more and more assistance, rather than being consulted regarding the wisdom of life and long experience.
Our innermost soul perceives this as deeply unnatural and falls in a state of stress or even resignation. It wants to shield itself from this reality, which should never be a reality……

It is my wish to find ways, through open communication, of being able to find a voice for this despair of family members.
Our psyche has a way of coping, over time. Much deep emotion or words unspoken are suppressed, pressed beneath our functional surface, otherwise we could not go about our daily business, and be there for our loved ones.

But our own health and well-being are important, too.
A place to share experiences, an opportunity for release is very necessary if AD patients and their families are to walk this walk together to the end.
There are no easy answers.

But maybe there is a shoulder to lean on. A pair of arms that can hold. A set of ears that has time to hear and a mouth that can assist in finding the correct help at the right time.

Thank you for considering my words and efforts and may your journey with your loved-one, having AD, be one where help is always there, and understanding, also.

With Best Regards

Therese

8 Responses so far.

  1. Dale says:
    Hey Therese,
    You have a beautiful website. My mother is 85 years old now she is still holding up pretty well, but I have noticed that her memory is not as sharp as it was a few years ago. She has started repeating herself quite often these days. I am hoping that it is because of her age and not the beginning of Alzheimers Disease. I appreciate you making people aware of this awful disease.
    Dale
    • Therese says:
      Thank you for your visit, Dale!

      It is quite common for people who are advanced in age to repeat themselves, this does not necessarily mean that they have Alzheimer’s disease.

      Short term memory, ecspecially of one’s own conversation, can fluctuate, sometimes an irregular sleep cycle or stress can be the cause…..

      I’m sure your mother has her regular visits to the doctor, perhaps he/she can do a standard mini-mental test with her, just to be on the safe side.

      So many factors of our health become affected after a person has reached their 80’s and onwards, and a good personal physician plus good communication can go a long way….

      Greetings
      Therese

  2. Phil says:
    Hello, Therese, beautiful website, and a very important subject.

    It’s of particular importance for me since my Mom suffered from Diabetes and Alzheimers.
    I’ve been doing my own research with the hope of avoiding both diseases myself.
    I’ve read where they are now calling Alzheimers, Type III Diabetes, meaning it may very well be a weight-related disease and therefore preventable.

    The best way I know to avoid the disease is through diet (Nutrition) and exercise. I am a Nutritarian for the last four years and I exercise daily (minimum 30 minutes of walking).

    Another addition to my diet that I’ve heard of wonderful things about is Coconut oil. It’s supposed to help with the release of Ketones in the brain, and help reduce ‘brain fog’, and may prevent Alzheimers.

    I’ve been using 2 Tbs. of Coconut oil in my morning coffee for about six months and I’ve felt a noticeable difference in mental clarity. I’ve also been suggesting to it followers on my website.
    If Alzheimers. and mental clarity is important to you I would strongly suggest you try Coconut oil.

    Phil

    • Therese says:
      Thank you, Phil!

      I’ve a post where a part of the coconut info is mentioned, but I find that your comment enhances and clarifies even more!
      Ecspecially because personal experience stands behind it……
      I think we’ve only just touched the tip of the iceburg on that one!

      And thanks for mentioning about Diabetes Type 3.
      Indeed, there is more and more evidence of Alzheimer’s being exactly that…..the sluggishness of body processes is almost non-existent in those who avoid sugar….

      I appreciate this comment very much!

      Greetings
      Therese

  3. Phil says:
    Therese, I don’t know if you mention it on your website, but there is a simple test that you can do on anyone to check the effectiveness of Coconut oil on a suspected Alzheimer victim.

    What you do is sit them down with a pencil and paper and have them draw the face of a clock. Once completed, you date the drawing and begin the coconut oil regimen.

    Start with 1 Tbs a day and after a couple of days, increase to 2 Tbs a day. After a week have them redraw the clock face and compare the two. There should be a noticeable improvement between the two darwings, in as little as one week.

    It shouldn’t take much more proof than that, to show the value of coconut oil.

    Phil

    • Therese says:
      THANK YOU, Phil, for bringing this to my attention, yes, I’ve read of that test.
      I’ll be writing more on this topic, as this excellent natural substance is, indeed an extremely effective way to fight dementia and memory loss, not just prevent it!

      You comment is much appreciated……

      Greetings
      Therese

  4. Simon says:
    Hi Therese,
    You have a wonderful way of writing I must say, lovely article for such a horrible problem.
    We have my Mother in law staying with us at weekends and she is suffering with Altimeters and dementia. It started with her a few years ago, we could see the signs, forgetfulness, forever getting her batteries out of her hearing aide and mobile etc and then started getting more and more confused.
    My wife’s sister has her through the week, we have her on a weekend. It’s really not easy and no one knows what to do. She gets very agitated, confused and angry with herself. We would like her to go into some day care the odd day to give my wife’s sister a break but we know one day the inevitable will happen and she’ll end up in a home, but it’s your Mother at the end of the day and there’s no answers what to do.
    It’s not a nice situation.
    Thanks,
    Simon.
    • Therese says:
      Simon, I want to say a large THANK YOU for sharing this experience with me!

      You have my absolute and utter respect for talking about your mother’s situation.
      I urge you, if you feel the same way, to seek out people who have gone through this incredibly difficult life trial, and to have contact with them.

      Also, please feel free to contact me at any time!

      There is something else I would like to mention….
      The research that is being done on the effects of coconut oil is something I consider very important.
      This substance has been known to arrest the development of the disease for very long periods of time…..

      I wish you and your whole family much comfort and peace, and I am thinking of you……

      Greetings,
      Therese

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