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.
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.
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.
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.
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.