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The Stages Of Azheimers Disease-Prevention Now

My Experience With Alzheimer

I am writing this article in the memory of my grandmother, my grandmother suffered with this disease for many years before it eventually took her life at the age of 94 years old. Sadly my grandmother was only existing the last ten years or more of her life, it was such an emotional experience for me to watch her go through the stages of this disease. My intention in writing this is in hope some of you will consider making some changes in your lifestyle to prevent you from experiencing such a horrible disease, once this disease begins there is nothing you can do to turn the hands of the clock back again. There is no sure fire prevention treatment you can do to be sure you will not end up with this disease, but there are things you can do which may slow down the process. Even if you can receive a few more years before this disease takes over your brain, the lifestyle changes are well worth it. You must act now, most people start receiving the early symptoms near the age of sixty-five. There has been people who started having early symptoms even younger, it is never too early to start the process of slowing down your risks of this disease.

 

Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Dementia Stage

This stage is often mistaken as a part of aging, your age has nothing to do with your brain functioning decreasing. This is the result of pre-dementia, there are some elderly people who are still sharp as a tack despite their age. Once diagnosed with dementia most people live 3 to 9 years average, 70% they claim is genetic. I really find this hard to believe, I honestly do believe it is how you take care of your brain health when your young which determines when and if you experience this disease. Some of the most common early symptoms of this stage are minor cognitive impairments, often these are not even noticed by others.

 

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Alzheimer Early Stage

This stage the cognitive impairment increases to be more noticed by others, usually thought of as the person just being elderly and a part of life. The person’s language or speech starts to be noticeable during this stage, they might stop in mid-sentence not being able to remember the right word or words. Minor motor skills begins at this stage, usually writing and dressing in many people starts at this stage. My grandmother started putting her tops on backwards or inside out, her balance started to become a little less stable. The family really did not think that much about it, like most we had the impression that was normal for someone her age.

 

Alzheimer Moderate Stage

At this stage people require much more assistance to perform their common everyday activities, the speech or vocabulary is much more severe. My grandmother started talking much less during this stage, often she would not even hear when someone was talking to her and she had this spaced out expression on her face. Her motor skills were much more severe now, she would lose her balance often. It was at this stage she started to lose her memory of her own family, but she did remember to the end my mother her daughter. Behavior changes happen in this stage, my grandmother lost her normal personality. She become very irritable and physically violent, she became very unpredictable. She started sleeping much less and wandering at all hours of the day and night, some people become violent like my grandmother, others become very sensitive and emotional unstable. This behavior depends on what section of the brain is diseased, my grandmother also was delusional at times. Body functions may be a symptom for some people as well, bladder control and bowel control is possible. My grandmother at this stage lost her appetite and started losing weight, many times this will be the reason for death with this disease. Other times, people will pass away from pneumonia or some sort of infection. Usually at this stage they often become bedridden, my grandmother lost her ability to talk completely.

 

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Alzheimer Preventive Stage

This is the stage hopefully you are in at this time, which means you still have the ability to prevent or at the least slow the process of this disease to begin. There is no definite evidence of anything you can do to prevent this disease, but there are lifestyle changes you can add to your life now which may prevent you from this disease earlier in your life. It is believed if you adapt these changes in your lifestyle before you start to have symptoms, you will have a much healthier brain which will improve your chances of delaying this disease. Diet or nutrition is the number one lifestyle change a person needs to make, you need to have a healthy brain to fight off this disease. Nutritional supplements will not prevent you from getting this disease, but they will improve your brain health and this will assist in the prevention of this disease. Other keys to adapt into your lifestyle are intellectual activities such as reading, puzzles, board games, playing a musical instrument, social interaction, physical activity and anything which you use your brain.

A healthy diet is the most important lifestyle change for good brain health, a diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and plant protein is a must. A diet with high saturated fats and simple carbohydrates put you at a higher risk for this disease. Cocoa and tea are thought to be good to reduce your risks, supplements recommended are vitamin A, C, E and B12. Selenium, Zinc, Folic Acid and omega-3 fatty acids are also thought to reduce your risks.

 

Feeding Tubes Or Not

Most all victims of this disease experience eating issues, many develop swallowing problems. Some like my grandmother developed no appetite, some even develop the inability to recognize food. There is a big debate about  feeding tubes for this disease, no evidence has proven feeding tubes has increased the health status of these people. There is belief feeding tubes may assist in people developing pneumonia or other infections, feeding tubes or not are totally up to the family.

 

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Final Thought

This disease is bad enough for people to have to experience, the worse part is the symptoms during the early stages are not associated with this disease. The most preventative precautions you can adapt into your lifestyle is to focus on a high nutritional lifestyle, this is a must before you start to develop symptoms. It is never too early to improve the health status of your brain, focus on your diet, nutritional supplements, intellectual interests and be as physically active as long as you can.

 

 



 

30 thoughts on “The Stages Of Azheimers Disease-Prevention Now

  1. Hi!

    Very interesting article. Alzheimers is a truly scary disease. It must be horrible not to remember stuff like the faces and names of your loved ones. I hope I never get a disease like that. Is it heritable?

    Andreas

    (there is a typo in the heading by the way.)

    1. Thank You Andrea

      Yes , it is a very terrible disease. Very difficult to watch one of your loved ones go through the stages of this disease. I hope you will take precaution for better brain health, that is your best chance of not experiencing such a disease one day.

      Jeff

  2. I feel your pain as you watched your grandmother go through the stages of dementia. My husband’s father went through the same. I also feel as you do that if you exercise your brain of you can combat the onset of both conditions.

    I believe that’s keeping the brain active with conversation, puzzles and other physical activities can go a long way. I’m not sure that these things can prevent Alzheimer’s or dim and shoe but they certainly can’t hurt.

    I also know that if diagnosed, early treatment accordingly with medications and diet can be very helpful. A high nutritional lifestyle is a must and should be at the top of everyone’s list.

    What a very nice and informative article you have written.

    1. Thank You Debra
      I appreciate your comment and especially you taking the time to read my article,
      I do truly believe we must live a life with high nutrition for our brain and body
      to be its best. I am sorry for your experience with your father-in-law, it is extremely
      difficult to experience this with our loved ones
      Jeff

  3. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your sharing. I am actually searching for some info about brain and memory deterioration as the grandmother of my best friend seems to have certain symptoms of losing memory. Then come across your article. Not sure if it’s Alzheimer for her or not. But the family members really need to prepare very well in order to manage this situation well.

    Your article just gave some insights to me. Thanks

    Louis

    1. Thank You Louis

      I am happy you left your comment for me and others to read today, I am sorry about your friend’s grandmother. Yes, it is good to prepare yourself for the worse. I hope your friend’s grandmother has other issues and not alzheimer disease, please inform them to watch her closely as time goes by to keep her safe .

      Jeff

  4. Hello,

    This is such an eye-opening article. I did have dementia in my family too, both my dad and grandfather had dementia at the time they died. For that reason I have followed the teachings of Drs. like Perlmutter and Perricone. So I have a little insight into the information on your site. And I love how you point out that diminished brain function is not a natural sign of aging (such wisdom). Thanks for sharing and wishing you the very best with your site.

    1. Thank You Mimi

      I appreciate your comment very much, its always nice to hear from people reading my articles. I truly believe with all my heart nutrition is the key to the prevention of this disease, limiting your processed foods is a very good first step. I know myself its impossible to eliminate processed foods completely, it is a part of our society and lifestyle today but living mainly on these foods is plain unhealthy and will catch up with you in time.

      Jeff

  5. Arghh.. I really thought that Alzheimer is genetic and can not be avoided.

    Thank you for your enlightenment. I know that I need to pay attention to my daily life. How I use my brain will affect my life later. I don’t want to be like your grandmother.

    It is scary to watch someone we love change bit by bit, even turn into a violent person. I definitely do not want to be a person like that.

    I am so sorry for your grandmother but I am so thankful for you sharing this story.

    1. Thank You

      I appreciate your comment, we must take extremely good care of our health while we are healthy. Once we start the process of a unhealthy brain , we are open for all types of disease. I wish you the best in taking much better care of yourself now, for a better health in the future.

      Jeff

  6. wow very interesting article. My grandmother also died of azheimers and so this really got to me. I never actually met my grandmother but I knew how much my mother suffered. it was truly a horrible time. lately it has been a constant fear of perhaps my mother getting the disease. It is truly a horrible experience and wouldn’t wish on my worst. I am truly thankful for this very moving article.

    1. Thank You Josue Castillo

      I appreciate you reading my post and I am sorry to hear about your grandmother and mother’s experience with this terrible disease. Your mother needs to keep her brain health, there is a book out which might benefit your mother and guide her to improve her own brain health “Brain Grains” I posted this yesterday if you interested in getting this for mom.

      Jef

  7. Hi, I’ve just done a paper about this disease and had the opportunity to see some patients with Alzheimer, so I definitely understand what you’re talking about. it’s heard breaking to see people dealing with this, I don’t even want to imagine how it would be to see people from my family with this disease.
    I really loved your tips from the end, definitely we have to do everything we can in order to prevent this disease, especially if we know someone with Alzheimer.
    Thanks for this great post 🙂

    1. Thank You Ashley

      I am happy you enjoyed my post on Alzheimers, this is a terrible experience to see someone in you family go through. It is very hard on the patient and the caregiver, many end up in a nursing home just because they are too much for the family to be able to care for.

      Jeff

  8. Thanks for the informative article. So many people are unaware that some lifestyle changes – diet, physical and mental exercise etc. can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The behavioural changes are so hard to witness in someone with Alzheimer’s – my mother’s friend is delusional and is convinced her daughter has stolen her house and her car. I think violent behaviour must be so disturbing for a family – particularly in a person who used to have a calm, gentle character.

    1. Thank You Erica

      My grandmother accused my parents of stealing her money and things as well, it all depends on what part of our brains this disease effects how we act and think. I did a product review on a book by doctor recently. This book backs up what i have been saying, grains are our number one brain drain in our lives then sugar and sodium . I wish more people would order this book, it not just a book its a handbook on how to live a better and healthier life.

      Jeff

  9. That’s a great well written article. Alzheimer is for sure one of the most dreaded disease around. Your article made some points clearer for me (e.g. the picture healthy/severe AD talked a lot).

    1. Thank You Mr Noel
      I am hoping my article on Alzheimer’s does educate people about this disease, we can do things
      to help prevent and/or slow this disease but we must do them before our brains become unhealthy.

      Jeff

  10. Hi Jeff,
    I’m sorry you and your family were impacted by Alzheimers. My co-workers mother is diagnosed. She’s at the stage where she doesn’t recognize her children anymore. Whether Alzheimers is inheritable or not, preventable or not, its probably best to take a proactive approach and live and eat in such a way that increases brain health. We have to stay active – I’ve heard that Yoga and Tai-Chi are both good activities to keep the brain healthy. And we have to stay healthy by making sure we eat the right foods to get the proper nutrients. Thanks for the reminder to make good choices!
    Alyssa

    1. Thank You Alyssa

      Yoga and Tai Chi are very good activities to remain healthy, even if your elderly you can take classes with either or both of these and benefit. My mother is showing signs and also my father now, but sometimes the elderly people will not co-operate with you to help themselves. My parents eat a very unhealthy diet, do not take very good care of themselves but will not listen to me and do not take their vitamins despite their levels are low.

      Sometimes We Can’t Help The Ones We Love

      Jeff

  11. Thank you for sharing this journey. By having a healthy nutritious diet surely we would be helping many other diseases that seem all to common, like high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity as well hopefully delaying early alzheimers disease. Brain games and training apps are also a great way to keep the brain active, cheers Jamie

    1. Thank You Jamie

      I appreciate your comment, you seem to understand very well how our health predicts our getting many diseases.

      Jeff

  12. Hello Jeff!

    I have a grandmother who is currently going 90 years old. She is very frail and have went through several surgeries for her hips and knees. I have observed that she is getting more forgetful as days go by.

    Like she would ask me a question, and then five mins later, she will ask me the same question again, saying that she couldn’t remember what I said earlier on. Is that a strong sign of Azheimers? Or the later stages of it perhaps?

    Thanks a lot and great site =)

    1. Thank You Farhan

      Your grandmother being very frail would have me believe she is not healthy, whenever we are not healthy weather body or brain health disease will find our weakness and take over in time. Repeating questions is a symptom of dementia or alzheimer’s , it is a early stage unless her memory is severe enough it is effecting her to be able to live on her own safety. One of the memory problems early in this disease is like your grandmother, another symptom is leaving things on the stove and forgetting the stove was on. Watch your grandmother carefully for more severe signs, maybe you can assist her in improving her health before she becomes much more severe.

      Jeff

  13. Good article! You give me a lot to think about. No one in my family had Alzheimers, but I’ve seen it develop in many people. It’s such a strange and aweful disease to have. Personally, I suspect blood pressure issues, poor diet, and constricting mental stimulation to advance the problem, if not causing it. Once I heard that heavy use of aluminum cookware could be to blame. Do you think this is true? use no aluminum cookware, though I’m sure I’ve consumed food cooked in it. What about alcohol and drug use, have any connections been found? Very curious.Has a study been done to check if horomone decline in old age contributes to the disease?

    1. Thank You Sam

      I appreciate your comment and questions today, you are correct with many of your ideas on this disease. Living a unhealthy lifestyle is the main cause without a doubt, all these things cause our brains to become unhealthy which opens up the potential of Alzheimer’s disease. I am not sure about the aluminum cookware ,although i do believe the non-stick cookware could be another trigger. alcohol and smoking plus drug usage causes us not to absorb the vitamins from our food which in turn leads to a unhealthy body and brain.

      Jeff

  14. Great articles you wrote here, My grand father have the same situation as what your grandmother gone through , at the age of 84. and it was quite scary for him.

    But you are right about one thing, we can start preventing by consuming supplyment to enhance our health, btw what type of supplyment would you recommend for me to consume?

    1. Thank you for your comment and question, I strongly suggest you consider a product which is all natural and not a synthetic products. A product which feeds your brain nutritious vitamins and minerals would be best, one I have found recently with good reviews is

      http://hcfaminoscience.com/9364

      This will benefit anyone no matter your age, also it will improve your brain function plus feed your brain nutrients specially for Healthy Brain Functioning.

      Jeff

  15. My grandmother also suffered wit azhaimers disease and it was very sad to watch. We would visit and she would tell us that her grandkids never came to see her anymore. She didn’t recognise us as adults, only remembered us as children.

    Another close member of our family is also showing signs, and has been diagnosed with MRI. It is so sad that they haven’t found a cure for this terrible disease yet.

    1. Thank You Michel

      I thank you for sharing your comment and experience with this terrible disease, I am sorry you had to also experience this with your grandmother. I feel instead of searching for the cure, they need to admit we need to take preventative measures now to hopefully avoid this disease. With a healthy brain you have less chances of your brain becoming infected with this disease, but once it infects your brain there is nothing you can do then.

      Jeff

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