Dementia, The Early signs

Many people ignore or are in denial when the early signs of dementia start showing up blaming the brain on aging. Many signs are simply normal after all how many times does one walk into a room to get something only to forget what they are supposed to get? That happens to even young people. I will not go into all the research I did but I will hit some of the highlights. I know my Dad had all the symptoms in the beginning but my Mom refused to believe it until it was too late, I think we all were in a bit of denial as well as uninformed on what to do.

The early stages of dementia are totally reversable. Quite a shocking revelation to me. Diets are very important but I'm not touching that subject for awhile, however the main culprit (for almost anything evil in our bodies) is sugar and cheap oils which are full of horrible situations to take place in our bodies. Anything processed, especially in America is awful for us yet we consume it daily anyways.

One of the most important things the elderly can do is stay active and excercise (my weakest link is excercise). Other ways to fight the early onslaught of dementia is to "Change it Up". Do different things to excercise the brain and try not to follow a rigid routine. A routine has its benefits but once ingrained the brain is not getting any stimulation. Try a crossword or jigsaw puzzle, try a new food, go to a different restaurant, in other words, change up that routine to stimulate the brain. There are many ways to change it up if one looks.

This blog is just a summary of a lot of research I'm doing and not the whole story. Also no matter what there are exceptions to ANY rules. The medical field has done a great job of keeping my Father alive, however the great man and family leader no longer resides in his body. Where did he go? He was always a very proud man who now has been stripped of his dignity completely. At some point when dementia starts, if steps aren't taken early on, it is NOT reversable anymore.

If my Dad didn't have fantastic insurance I don't believe the medical field would have kept him alive but he is like a meal ticket for lack of better wording so he lives. His life isn't horrible because my Mom & the caretaker takes excellent care of him, someone that doesn't have this kind of care - oh I can't think about how awful that is. I know in nursing homes there are many patients in a wheelchair just staring and drooling blankly in the halls. You actually have to navigate between the wheel chairs. There is no life in their eyes yet their lungs are breathing in and out and the medical staff is getting paid. I don't believe Japan or India suffer as much as Western Europe and America in brain decline.

I was taught to be a proud American and maybe compared to some countries we are but compared to some others we aren't. My opinion is the Sugar Industry is the satanic symbol of the anti-christ and has won most people's hearts or controlled their brains with sugar addiction. The sugar industry wins the battle when the FDA ruled that percentaqes of how much nutrition is in a product. Look at an ingredient list on any food product and you will see the amount of Calories with a percentage amount of daily values. The same percentage shows for fiber, or carbs. But when you get to the sugar there is NO percentage. That's because the sugar industry fought and won. That stinks out loud when sugar has so much power they don't have to obey the rules. If an industy is hell bent on power knowing it is hurting it's people hardly makes me proud to be from that country. I'm very disappointed in America and don't know if any leader has ever really cared. The only one I saw make an attempt was Michelle Obama with our children but the other side of her political party blew a gasket.

I wish more people would take charge of their lives and quit believing in doctors blindly. It is not in their interest for you to be well.
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You are 100% right about sugar. It is the most detrimental food substance we ingest. I took care of my dad who had brain cancer and my mom who had dementia. Your advice about "changing it up" is very good. I got my dad to do crossword puzzles and took both parents out to have different experiences in restaurants, shops or just driving around.

My dad passed away in 2015 and my mom last year of heart failure. The one piece of advice I would suggest is try to be as patient as possible, even though you are at your wits end. Patience was the key to getting through really tough times. I'll pray for your parents.
I wish more people would take charge of their lives and quit believing in doctors blindly. It is not in their interest for you to be well.

Unfortunately this is correct in a lot of cases.

My German GP would discuss diet or hand me instructions about stretches for my back which I prefer rather than getting a prescription for some pills (that aren't necessary in a lot of cases).

When I was ill, I read, changed my diet and worked with an integrative doctor - the hospital wasn't actually happy for me to do that.

It's my health, my responsibility and I prefer to educate myself to work on the root course instead of throwing in stuff to mask symptoms.

The SAD (standard American diet) is the reason for a lot of heart problems, cancer etc. A lot of these could simply be avoided by home cooking with healthy ingredients (no processed food full of sugar, unhealthy oils and E-numbers).
I appreciate you approaching this difficult subject, but you have posted some misinformation, probably not intentionally. The various dementias are very, very different and what is true of one type may not be true of another.

The early stages of dementia are not usually reversible, unless the "dementia" is caused by something like a UTI or vitamin deficiency, which may occur in the elderly. Vascular, Lewy Body, Alzheimer's--these are not usually reversible, if the diagnosis is accurate. Good diet and healthy lifestyle are important, but they are not a sure bet against dementia.

My husband had vascular dementia and Parkinsonism, caused by his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Blood vessels in his brain literally shriveled away to nothing. He had strokes, both large and small. Some were silent and showed up only on MRIs. Nothing could stop them.

Nothing could reverse the damage.

His films showed many lacunae, which means lakes, but it referred to empty spaces in his brain. His white matter and gray matter shrunk. He had a high IQ (member of Mensa and Intertel) and a master's degree in poli sci, which affected the course of his disease, but could not stop or reverse it.

People like him who are very bright and have an advanced education are described by neurologists as having "cognitive reserves," which means they may be able to compensate for some of the cells and connectivity lost to dementia. This was amazing to see. During psychometric tests, even as recently as a year before his death, he could still count backwards by 7s faster than the average person. But over the course of 15 years, he lost everything.

His disease first manifested, not with memory loss as is so often described with the various dementia syndromes, but with strange behaviors, because his frontotemporal lobe was greatly affected.

His very first symptoms manifested like obsessive compulsive disorder. He tried to synchronize all the clocks in the house, which of course is impossible. By the time he checked and adjusted them all, he would go back upstairs to recheck, find they had all ticked over another minute, and so he would start again. I would try to redirect and distract him with an enjoyable activity. Sometimes this worked, sometimes it didn't.

When we walked the dogs, he took a notebook and jotted down where each dog stopped to sniff and pee, as well as whether they pooped or not.

He made lists and checked things off. He was trying desperately, but ineffectually, to keep track of the ordinary things we all do every day. His occupational therapist worked with me to form various strategies to help him with this, including posting a large daily schedule and calendars, much as I had done when I taught young children. Every morning, he checked off the previous day, and we talked about what the current day held for us.

His doctor suggested these OCD behaviors might be related to his long career as an infantry officer, with his need for synchronizing the time, planning and tracking goals, etc.

Any effort to bring awareness and education to dementia is valuable. Please keep it up, with attention to accurate detail. People need good information to help cope with the challenge of caring for people stricken with these devastating syndromes.

Local senior centers, hospitals, departments of social and health services, churches, and in my case the VA, can offer enormous help in the form of workshops, support groups, adult day programs, and so on. (The VA provided not just free health care since his 100% disability was service-connected, but also a month of free respite care in a nursing home each year, and a paid caregiver for 20 hours each week to help me. This enabled me to keep him at home until the last seven weeks of his life, when his final stroke left him mute and paralyzed.)

As for me, I still mourn his loss, and I pray for a cure for all dementias.
Wow this hits home with me because I struggle everyday with my mother dealing with her dementia plus she also has Charles Bonnet Syndrome because at one time she was diabetic. Today she is wheelchair bound blind and sees things that are not there. I am at my wits end dealing with it. I have a sister who is a nurse who has dealt with sick people for 20 some years but, she wants nothing to do with my folks. I am not skilled in this arena. I think most people are not and to be honest it's steals the life out of adult children and the parents who are sick.

Come the day when I fall apart I wonder who will have my back? A question many of us in our generation must ask. Certainly not the clowns of CS will be there.
Thank you Myrta for helping with my misinformation on dementia. I knew there were exceptions to any rule.

Mostly I am angry that the SAD (standard american diet) which really is sad causes so many ailments, including the onslaught of dementias.

My Dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer's however, I can not be tested for the gene because you can only prove Alzheimer's with an autopsy. I did not know that so how do they actually diagnose it while your alive?

My most important point is people should take charge of their health and not depend on doctors and once again I repeat how evil sugar is. It is a worse addiction than cocaine or any other addictive drug.

Boo on the sugar industry.
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