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  1. A very informative read. I haven’t come across a family member or any other close ones who has dementia, so this read has been an insightful one.

    It must be painful to be in their shoes. I’m sure at some point (before it worsens) they feel powerless already.

    And still, it is as painful to be the person watching your beloved one to digress further into the disease..

    Keeping the brain healthy and challenged is so important. I’m glad you shared this.

    Cheers.
    SAM

  2. Great post.

    My grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s, such sad disease. It’s very hard to watch by as you lose that person you knew right before your eyes.

    I didn’t know all this information, so will be useful to keep an eye out in the future.

    Really informative information, and enjoyed the read.

    Thank you,
    Adam

    • Thank you Adam, I’m glad you found my article useful.
      Thank you also for sharing memory of your Grandma.Hopefully you’ll never be forced to go through it again.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  3. Chuck

    I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s. It was rather slowly developing at first. I think it took about 5 years from the first symptoms of her becoming a bit “silly” to losing her ability to form understandable words. Even then she had moments of clarity. But the worst thing is that soon after that she was hospitalized and remained that way for several years. I remember very vividly how the last Christmas out of the hospital she had only one moment of clarity when she said something along the lines of “I’m an old woman, I should be dead already!”.

    I know I have the gene (tested) and my parents are closing in on their 70’s so this is a topic that haunts me at times. I’ve read quite a bit of the research about dmentia, Alzheimers specifically. One of the leading theories is that it’s a metabolical condition of the brain, diabetes type 3 they’ve even called it. It’s actually fascinating that both a ketogenic diet and creatine supplementation can significantly affect (positively) the progression of Alzheimer’s. I’m confident some forms of dementia will be treatable in the future but other might not be. A horrible way to go in any case.

    • Hi Chuck, thank you for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it.
      It is so sad and cruel in the same time to be the silent observer of your loved one drifting away, incapable of stopping it.It is even more horrible for the patients, who in some moments of clarity, even for a very short time, may completely understand what their life became and wish they weren’t any more. So sad, but not that uncommon.It is sad also for you, as you remember exactly that so vividly.
      As for the gene-I’m sure you found a lot of informations about the genes that are associated with Alzheimer’s onset, but also represent only one of many factors that will determine whether a person will or will not develop any of dementias, so Alzheimer’s amongst them. In other words, you may have the genes, but never develop any of dementias, as lifestyle factors bear at least that much influence as the genes, if not more. If you take proper care of yourself with a healthy lifestyle, lots of physical and mental activities and keep any cardiovascular or other risky condition under control, you should be fine.
      There is a lot of controversy about the classification of Alzheimer’s as Diabetes Type3, as scientists say much more research is needed yet. However, they really found that diabetes can in some cases limit insulin resistance effects to the brain instead of on the whole body and thus develop Alzheimer’s. Also, the risk of developing it seems to be 65% higher in people with diabetes than in those without it, so it looks like some strong arguments are in favour of accepting the term.
      It is interesting that you mention keto, as its very low carb composition can significantly influence the insulin resistance and lower the risk of AD development, indeed.
      Actually, you gave me a very good idea for one of my next posts, so thank you.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  4. Hi there,

    There’s such valuable information here, and very important information that everyone should be aware of. I find is scary that so many health issues can be attributed to mental health (in this case, loneliness). It sounds as if there’s certain things that can be done to diminish the risk of developing this cruel disease.

    Sharon

    • Absolutely-Every man is the architect of his own fortune, i.e. in this case health. As much as we take care of our body and mind that much we’ll be rewarded by a disease-free life later, even with such a common one as dementia.
      Thanks for popping in, it’s nice to see you here.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  5. Hi there,

    I do not know anyone who has dementia, but I have read about it (in some novels) and I have also seen it portrayed in movies. The moderate and advanced form sound terrible. While I was reading through your article, I kept on thinking how difficult this must be, not only for the patient, but also for the family. Not recognizing a loved one must feel terrible … Can the therapy exercises you mention alleviate the symptoms a little or keep an advancement of the disease at bay for a while? When someone has a mild form of dementia, will it gradually get worse, go from mild to moderate and then advance, or is it possible that the disease does not worsen and you can keep it in a mild or moderate stage?

    • Hi Christine, hopefully you will never have to see it closely 😉
      It is a cruel disease that takes away not only the physical, but also the mental being, the essence of a person, forever.
      The therapy can’t really cure the disease, nor can it stop from worsening, but can teach a person how to use the parts of the brain which are still healthy to replace the ones that are, thus keeping some functions which would otherwise be lost.
      Unfortuantely, if present, dementia will deteriorate and in time it will inevitably get into the severe stage, at an advanced age. At the present time, we know nothing that could keep it frozen at a milder stage.
      That, I’d say is the background that makes even worse to have a loved one with this cruel disease, ’cause you know how it ends and you can do absolutely nothing.

  6. Dementia is so sad and horrible. I have been through this with a family member. It was so incredibly hard to watch. I remember feeling so sad when my grandmother didn’t recognize me or thought I was someone else. You are right about the advanced stage of their body failing. That was equally as hard to watch how fast it all happened. My once very happy and mobile grandmother became bedridden angry and didn’t know anyone or remember normal body functions. I can’t even imagine how hard it is on the caregiver. I have always focused on how hard it was for us as family, but you gave me another perspective to look at it from. We all need to have more compassion for caregivers. It takes a special person to do this job.

    • Hi Cheyenne, yes it is sad and horrible on everyone involved-on the person who suffers from it, on the family, on the caregiver-whether it is a family member or not. Carers working with dementia are specially trained for the job, but very frequently, they develop a more devoted relationship and feel almost as horrible as the actual family members, on top of the every day, not so easy tasks they perform.
      But, it is still the worst for the person who at some moments does not even know who, or where they were, nor who is that “unknown person” (very often their very partner for decades) trying to give them some food or help with medication. It is as if you were ripped out from your own world and placed to another, completely unknown to you. It is horrible, indeed.
      Thank you for sharing this memory with us!

  7. Your article brought back a lot of painful memories. My father suffered from Alzheimer’s. You name a list of possible causes. The only two I can think of that he might have had were depression and a rusty brain. The first question the intaker at the nursing home asked: is there more dementia in the family? There was. So I said: hmm, then I know what will happen to me.
    She responded that it’s not a hereditary ailment.
    Then why the question, I wondered.
    Anyway, we’ll see 🙂

    • Hi Hannie, sorry to remind you of such a painful period, I know it is always heartbreaking to watch someone you love deteriorate in such a way and not be able to help. 🙁
      Do not be worried, though-Alzheimer’s and Dementia in general, except in very-very rare cases, are not hereditary indeed. What can be inherited are the predispositions for the underlying diseases than can lead to the development of dementia of any kind. But, even then, not everyone will develop one.
      As long as you keep your overall health under control and keep challenging your brain (which you very well do) you should be ok.

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