Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do Women Have A Higher Risk Of Alzheimer's ?

The statistics show that nearly two thirds of people living with Alzheimer's disease are women.

Can the numbers be explained by the simple fact that women live longer? Or are other factors in play?

Gender and Alzheimer's disease

The most interesting aspect of the graph above is that women lead in each of the age categories - 65, 75, 85.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Can you spot Alzheimer's and dementia 18 years before diagnosis?

A new study is suggesting that early symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear up to 18 years before the disease is officially diagnosed.

My mother, Dotty, would have been 99 years old today.

Can you spot dementia 18 years before diagnosis?

The research summary presented below really caught my attention. Why? Because I have often wished that I knew about my mother's impending Alzheimer's disease sooner.

Why? Because I believe it could be possible to delay the onset of Alzheimer's. The key word is delay, I am not saying prevent.

It really is very simple. If a drug were to come on the market that delayed the onset of Alzheimer's by five years,  the number of persons living with Alzheimer's would be cut in half. How? They would simply die before the disease became full blown.

We already have drugs that delay or prevent heart disease. Blood pressure medications and cholesterol medications. It turns out the there is a Catch 22. These drugs help you to live longer. So, if you live to be 85 years old there is about a 42 percent chance that you will be diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

It is simple. My mother was officially diagnosed when she was 88 years old. What would have happened if she died at 85? We would never have known the difference.

But what if you knew 18 years in advance that you would likely suffer from Alzheimer's disease if you lived long enough?

My guess is you might try and reorient your life and start doing the kinds of things that might delay the onset of Alzheimer's. Real exercise, Mediterranean diet, more socialization, start singing, and believe it or not, there is some evidence that using Google to do searches might help delay the onset of Alzheimer's.

Dotty would have been 99 years old today. Push back Alzheimer's by 5 years, I would have welcomed that.

Of course, maybe that would have meant Dotty would have lived to be 101 years old. I would take that also as is.

Read the research summary below. What are your thoughts?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dotty and I Lived our Life to the Fullest

When Alzheimer's strikes there is a tendency to give up, or you can decide something very different - to live life to the fullest extent possible.

A Lack of Social Stimulation | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Once I accepted the harsh reality that my mother was living with Alzheimer's I made a simple straightforward decision -- Dotty and I would live our lives as we always had.

Don't get me wrong, I understood there would be constraints which included Dotty's age, and the effects of Alzheimer's disease on the brain.

To be honest, I decided to ignore both to the degree possible.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Glen Campbell Movie I'll Be Me to Air on CNN

From David Wild via CNN 
Like a lot of people around the world, I have been listening to and loving the extraordinary music of Glen Campbell all of my life.

Yet it was only this week that I could emotionally bring myself to see "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me," the very beautiful, very musical and even more moving documentary directed by James Keach that quite rightly received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. 
Read the rest of David's article here - The unforgettable Glen Campbell.
Glen Campbell Movie I'll Be Me

CNN Films Presents: "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me," 
to air Sunday, June 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

Check out the movie trailer.