Monday, October 17, 2011

Alzheimer's Blogging:

When you think of Dementia you think of old people. But there is a lot more to this disease than realized. Just because you forgot something doesn't mean you have dementia.  Dementia is a couple of brain functions that do not work. For example: Making the correct judgement- saying the appropriate things- being able to do things like make coffee, something you may have done all your adult life.

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of Dementia in people with the age of 65 and older. But don't let that fool you, there has been cases of people as young as 30 with the early onset of this disease.

Usually you think that if it runs in your family you are prone to have this disease. But did you know that you can get this disease without it being in  your family? People who have high blood pressure, vascular disease, or even heart attacks can get this devastating disease.

So to put this bluntly you need to eat right and exercise your body as well as exercise your mind.  Keep your mind sharp. Do cross word puzzles or read books. Exercise by doing yard work, or walking everyday.  Eat more chicken than beef and lots of vegetables. Also it is  important to get a good nights sleep.

If you find yourself getting confused more often than go see a doctor and get tested. It is better to find out early and get on the right medication to try and slow the disease down than let it get worse and be lost forever in your head.

If you have a loved one with this disease, please join a support group. This is so important to talk to others who are in the same situation and get tips from them.

Marie Fostino
Alzheimer's A Caretakers Journal
Seaboard Press An Imprint of James A Rock Pub., Co.

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