Life is Short…PART 2

Hi Everyone, last year there was a particular month where the last few days had been rough. That day I had to take my mom to the hospital for some  tests. Don’t worry…she’s was fine, but at that age (76) they tend to worry about everything…afraid to be alone, afraid of dieing, afraid to die alone…It’s endless and no matter how you try to appease them, they worry, which then causes them to become ill. That day my mom had an anxiety attack which of course caused her to be rushed to the hospital. Once there, she started to recover, she sometimes doesn’t want to accept that you can’t worry about things that are out of your control, like ageing and the aches that come along with it.

Well her pains are gone because her neighbour started giving her Mango Leaf Tea everyday for 1 year and she now no longer has the aches and pains…go wonder.

Her mindset hasn’t changed though, she still finds life sad as she can’t do what she used to and she gets bored. This always makes me wonder how will I be when I get that age. I hope I’m a lot more positive and not so sad. I try right now to keep active but my mother was extremely active when she was younger so what does that mean?.. Is it up the the individual and what type of mindset they have.

A family member on my husband’s side recently…as recent as this weekend died. He had Alzheimer’s. This is disturbing as I find a lot more people are suffering from this degenerative disease. Does it run in the family? Ti an extent yes because this gentleman had it so did his mother and his aunt. On my husband’s side his mother had it as well as her sister and they all eventually die because the mind no longer directs the body to do and function as it should so bodily functions go wonky. Again I’m sorry to be so morbid but death makes you pensive and you start to think about different things, like ailments and will you be that way or do you need to put things in place to handle all the …might be…I don’t want to put my kids through too much issues or difficulties because Alzheimers patients can be very difficult to handle. They revert back to being a child doing mischievous things or they can become violent.

Hey guys, well I did my research so this is what I put together for those of you who wanted to know more about Alzheimer:

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also referred to simply asAlzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss).

Every person with Alzheimer’s experiences the disease differently, but people tend to experience a similar trajectory from the beginning of the illness to its end. The precise number of stages of Alzheimer’s is somewhat arbitrary. Some experts use a simple three-phase model (early, moderate and end), while others have found a granular breakdown to be a more useful aid to understanding the progression of the illness.

SUMMARY:

 What are the symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s disease?

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life….
  • Difficulty planning and solving problems. …
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Difficulty determining time or place. …
  • Vision loss. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  • Difficulty finding the right words. …
  • Misplacing items often. …
  • Difficulty making decisions.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in Mood and personality

 

The most common system, developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg of New York University, breaks the progression of Alzheimer’s disease into seven stages.

Here is a summary of the seven stages of Alzeimer’s based on Dr. Resiberg’s system:

Stage 1: No Impairment

During this stage, Alzheimer’s is not detectable and no memory problems or other symptoms of dementia are evident.

Stage 2: Very Mild Decline

The senior may notice minor memory problems or lose things around the house, although not to the point where the memory loss can easily be distinguished from normal age-related memory loss. The person will still do well on memory tests and the disease is unlikely to be detected by loved ones or physicians.

Stage 3: Mild Decline

At this stage, the family members and friends of the senior may begin to notice cognitive problems. Performance on memory tests are affected and physicians will be able to detect impaired cognitive function.

People in stage 3 will have difficulty in many areas including:

  • Finding the right word during conversations
  • Organizing and planning
  • Remembering names of new acquaintances

People with stage three Alzheimer’s may also frequently lose personal possessions, including valuables.

Stage 4: Moderate Decline

In stage four of Alzheimer’s, clear-cut symptoms of the disease are apparent. People with stage four of Alzheimer’s:

  • Have difficulty with simple arithmetic
  • Have poor short-term memory (may not recall what they ate for breakfast, for example)
  • Inability to manage finance and pay bills
  • May forget details about their life histories

 

Stage 5: Moderately Severe Decline

During the fifth stage of Alzheimer’s, people begin to need help with many day-to-day activities. People in stage five of the disease may experience:

  • Difficulty dressing appropriately
  • Inability to recall simple details about themselves such as their own phone number
  • Significant confusion

On the other hand, people in stage five maintain functionality. They typically can still bathe and toilet independently. They also usually still know their family members and some detail about their personal histories, especially their childhood and youth.

 Stage 6: Severe Decline

People with the sixth stage of Alzheimer’s need constant supervision and frequently require professional care. Symptoms include:

  • Confusion or unawareness of environment and surroundings
  • Inability to recognize faces except for the closest friends and relatives
  • Inability to remember most details of personal history
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Major personality changes and potential behavior problems
  • The need for assistance with activities of daily living such as toileting and bathing
  • Wandering

Stages 7: Very Severe Decline

Stage seven is the final stage of Alzheimer’s. Because the disease is a terminal illness, people in stage seven are nearing death. In stage seven of the disease, people lose the ability to communicate or respond to their environment. While they may still be able to utter words and phrases, they have no insight into their condition and need assistance with all activities of daily living. In the final stages of Alzheimer’s, people may lose their ability to swallow.

 

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical age-related changes?

Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Typical Age-Related Changes
Poor judgment and decision-making Making a bad decision once in a while
Inability to manage a budget Missing a monthly payment
Losing track of the date or the season Forgetting which day it is and remembering it later
Difficulty having a conversation Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them Losing things from time to time

It’s not a nice disease, I’ve seen first hand what it does to a person and how they change. Lets be vigilant and try to catch it early.

I hope you learned something more about this disease called Alzheimers and lets work hard to prevent any of our loved ones from having to suffer to badly via early detection.

References:

  • Alziemers.net
  • Heartline.com
  • Alzheimer’s Association

 

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