Dear friends and visitors of FlyerMall.com:
The Alzheimer's issue is not something that we can post as a flyer advertising. The matter is very complicated and as we examined and viewed all the links, we have come to the conclusion that Alzheimer's can affect you, me, or anybody regardless of age.
Obviously, this particular link that we have incorporated is not something that someone suffering from Alzheimer's could view or understand, but it can be very helpful for relatives, friends, associates and caregivers.
The problem is bigger than anyone can imagine, it takes a lot of patience and understanding to cope with the situation by trying to accommodate a loved one with this illness.
Google has hundreds of links about the issue, including some instances where several doctors or practitioners claim that they have a cure, we choose not to include these links since there is no reliable information from any government or institution supporting the facts that Alzheimer's and dementia are curable.
In fact, these claims may prolong the disease, but still we do not see any proof of this.
We have selected several links from serious organizations that obviously do not convey any happy news.
Nevertheless, it is advisable to view each of them with patience and understanding, and in some instances it may be very helpful to you if one of your family members becomes afflicted with this disease by making you familiar with issues you may face.
We will continue to monitor developments about Alzheimer's, and will stay alert for positive news or studies regarding a cure for this disease.
Thank you so much for viewing these articles and for visiting FlyerMall.com
What is Alzheimer's disease
A scientific film with a 3D modeling made on the inner mechanisms of the brain implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Available in English, German, French and Dutch produced by Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (ISAO) (NL), Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V. (AFI) (D) and La Ligue Européenne Contre la Maladie d'Alzheimer (LECMA) (FR). www.alzheimer-research.eu.
What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Dementia & Challenging behavoiur Documentary
Caring at home for a person with dementia is a demanding role. Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers.
People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, or take care of themselves.
In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behavior. More than half of all people with dementia experience behavioural symptoms of their condition, including becoming more prone to aggression.
Other behavioural symptoms may include restlessness, depression, psychosis, or loss of inhibitions. Aggressive behaviour in particular is a major source of distress for both people with dementia and their carers.
These symptoms may be a result of physical discomfort from a cold or urinary infection, for example, or they could be caused by damage to the part of the brain that regulates behaviour.
Aggression may also be a reaction to a person with dementia being unable to understand the world around them. Relieving behavioural symptoms Behavioural symptoms of dementia can be relieved in many cases by training carers in how to deal with these symptoms, and by treatment with anti-dementia drugs.
Around 40 per cent of residents with dementia care homes are prescribed neuroleptic drugs to relieve these behavioural symptoms. These drugs are not licensed to treat dementia, and can have dangerous side-effects, including excessive sedation, dizziness and unsteadiness.
Licensed anti-dementia drugs (Aricept, Exelon, Reminyl and Ebixa) have been shown to be also effective at relieving behavioural symptoms, in addition to other benefits, without dangerous side-effects.
Research also shows that when carers are trained in treating people with dementia, challenging behaviour can be reduced. However, despite 75 per cent of care home residents having dementia, only 10 per cent of staff are trained in dementia care
Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's And Me (Documentary) - Real Stories
Fiona Phillips investigates the care of Alzheimer sufferers in the UK in a special Dispatches film The number of people suffering from dementia, the majority with Alzheimer's, is projected to rise from 700,000 to over 1 million by 2025 and 1.7 million by 2051.
Unpaid carers are saving the government just over 6 billion pounds a year.
The burden of caring for a spouse or family member is a draining experience. Want to watch more full-length Documentaries? Click here: http://bit.ly/1GOzpIu
Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Aging Matters: Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia explores the impact these diseases are having on individuals, families and communities by weaving together the personal stories of those who are living with dementia, their care partners and commentary from leading experts in dementia.
The program reveals the myths and stigmas that have hindered better living and better caring and examines the heavy burden of the costs associated with the disease, whether financial, physical or psychological by laying the foundation for a better understanding of the disease process, ways to care for those with dementia and the support systems families need in order to provide that care
Dementia: Catching the memory thief
It's over a hundred years since the first case of Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed.
Since then we’ve learned a great deal about the protein ‘tangles’ and ‘plaques’ that cause the disease.
How close are we to having effective treatments – and could we even prevent dementia from occurring in the first place? Researchers at the University of Cambridge describe some of the progress now being made against this devastating disease.
Persons with Dementia: Skills for Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Elderly persons with dementia may present with challenging behaviors over the course of the illness.
This video demonstrates skills that may be used by caregivers to address these behaviors. The views expressed in this video do not reflect those of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This video was created by clinical education grant funds awarded to VA clinicians by the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, Clinical Center (SC MIRECC).
If you would like to learn more about the SC (Rural) MIRECC, or if you have specific questions about the SC (Rural) MIRECC, please visit our website at http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn16.
BBC Panorama - Nursing Homes Undercover (21 November 2016)
Panorama goes undercover in two nursing homes and finds evidence of cruelty and neglect.
Reporter Janice Finch booked into the homes as a resident and witnessed staff rushed off their feet, leaving the privacy and dignity of some fellow residents often ignored.
The company, which has a chain of homes in Cornwall, earns millions from NHS and local authority placements and has already been told to make improvements.
An emergency safeguarding plan is now in place after the programme makers raised their concerns with the Care Quality Commission and other agencies.
Dealing With Aggression - Professional Caregiver Training
This video is a preview of the Dealing with Aggression Online Training available for professional caregivers at http://e-learning.orcasinc.com.
My father's behavior in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's disease.
I am uploading this to help dispel the notion that Alzheimer's disease just makes you forgetful.
It is a Fatal disease that slowly kills your brain over the course of years.
There is no cure or even any treatment to slow the progression of the disease.
My father clings to some the sense of doing chores, but just wanders around the house constantly doing things like this. I lost my mother to cancer nearly twenty years ago, and I think this disease is far far worse.
My dad served his country as a An infantryman in Vietnam and then served as a police officer in the city of Detroit for 15 years before having to retire on medical disability after his patrol car was hit by a drunk driver. He does not deserve to spend his retirement like this.
The 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease Through a Caregiver's Eyes
The medical break down and the personal journey of Yvonne Jensen through each stage of Alzheimer's Disease (1 through 6) as seen through my eyes as I care for her.
Please watch to the very end. Wendy Thompson King came and sang to my mom and it is such a powerful and moving last 10 minutes!!!!
Wendy wrote and performed all the music on this video that is with the pictures. The song she sings as pictures of my mom start is one my mom and I both enjoy each time she plays it in church. It always makes me cry. All of Wendy's music can be found at: http://wendythompsonking.bandcamp.com
Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 68 seconds.
Is there a way to keep this disease at bay? Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, suggests there may be. Join Dr. Small as he examines the connection between lifestyle choices and susceptibility.
Learn about physical and mental preventative strategies including stress relief and cross-training your brain. Series: "Stein Institute for Research on Aging"
Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease
Permission to use ADEAR materials is not required. When you use our materials in print, on the Web, or in a video or audio format, we simply request that you credit the "Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging."
A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer's Disease
A presentation by Steve Blake, Sc.D.. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Care for its victims costs more than the expense of heart disease and cancer combined. This class and slide show is based on the latest scientific research from leading journals worldwide.
Find out which two nutrients are crucial for lowering the buildup of amyloid plaques. You will learn how to lower your risk by increasing your intake of antioxidant fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Lowering saturated fats in the diet can result in better blood flow to the brain. See studies that show which supplements and medical plants have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk and progression of this common dementia.
Dr. Blake has just returned from presenting this information about Alzheimer's disease to teaching hospitals on the East Coast. Steve Blake has a doctorate in holistic health and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. His area of interest is nutritional biochemistry. He offers classes at the University of Hawaii VITEC program.
Dr. Blake is the author of the 2008 McGraw Hill college textbook Vitamins and Minerals Demystified. He has just completed writing Understanding Dietary Fats and Oils: A Scientific Guide to their Health Effects. He is also the author of Healing Medicine. He has a huge database on medicinal plant use around the world. Dr. Blake programmed the Diet Doctor 2011, software for graphing dietary nutrients.
He is often heard on radio and seen on television Filming and editing by Dr William Harris M.D. on October 15, 2011 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, Hawaii Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org
The Greatest Medical Mysteries of Alzheimer s Disease
Charlton Heston: The Last Interview
Alzheimers can hit anybody, me , you or even famous stars like Charlton Heston
We like you to view this video with patience and understanding how they personally feel about and how people around them cope with the situation. Flyermall Team gives credit to his wife for staying by his side until his last days.
The New Face of Dementia: Diagnosis at a young age
The 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease Through a Caregiver's Eyes
Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer's Dementia
Memory Repair Protocol
We are not advocating or endorsing this video
WORLD HEALTH RANKINGS
SURINAME SINGAPORE CAMBODIA AFGHANISTAN MALAYSIA BULGARIA EL SALVADOR INDIA LAOS - LES THAN 0.1
FINLAND UNITED STATES CANADA ICELAND DENMARK SPAIN AUSTRALIA FRANCE BELGIUM - MORE THAN 20.
NORTH KOREA 2.20
SOUTH KOREA 12.32
CANADA AND US 35 +
After viewing all the links above, I feel that we are overwhelmed with the depth of information and the reality associated with the Alzheimer's and Dementia disease.
We have included the following link to give us a moment to de-stress by taking a short trip to Hawaii.
Listen to this beautiful music and forget everything.
Strum along with Aldrine, Kahea Hamakua, and Randell Giminiz as they play "Aloha 'Oe" by Queen Liliuokalani.
My name is Peter Spyros Goudas and I created this article to the best of my ability.
Many people in this country know some of my products.
I created in my lifetime over 1250 of some of the best products in the world.
All along, I was trying to make products without chemicals and possibly without MSG.
I endeavoured to make a choice between dehydrated and fresh vegetables and although that was a very costly decision, I did most of them with fresh vegetables.
I have also carefully selected the countries where I get the raw materials; despite the facts that the competition tried to kill me by lowering their prices to put me out of business.
In the end, I survived for almost 50 years and I have received countless compliments from consumers.
Today, I am very proud to say that I have never had not even an A1 recall and in fact, I have received an acknowledgement from CFIA during 49 years.
As well, I was granted the unbelievable 98% score from one of the largest organizations in the world, Wal-Mart who have given me upon thorough inspection of my premises.
Of course, this is unusual for any company to receive such a high score. Most of the best companies in the world score 70% to 80%.
Although everybody in my organization was very happy to receive this news, I was very disappointed due to the fact that I did not receive the 100% mark.
Of course there are food critics out there who comment for instance; Mr. Goudas’ soups need more salt, therefore the taste needs to be upgraded.
The logic behind this is: If I have to put too much salt, no one would be able to adjust it to the desired taste.
It was always a cause of apprehension and unnerving for all of my suppliers throughout the years when I asked them to come in Canada to meet me for their training purposes.
Around the year 2000, I ended up supporting an organization for the blind.
This is another segment of the humanitarian work I have done throughout the years.
I reflected for a moment: What does a blind person really needs to have when shopping?
Obviously, they most definitely need the ability to identify what was in the cans based on their feeling, handling and by touching the code as engraved at the bottom of the container in lieu of a barcode.
The blind population has a visual challenge with the code. While alone in my office, I came up with an idea: How do I resolve this issue?
I consulted a friend who was working for a company which specializes in flavors and aromas and I asked him to create an intensive perfume of a tomato field, a pineapple field, peach, mandarin, and so on…
These fragrance were dispatched by me to the label printers around the world which they will match to the corresponding canned containers. I did quite a few similar products so when a blind person walks through a market, the intense aroma from the field dispersed by the label will help the blind identify the food content of the canned product.
That not only helps them at the store level but also at home when they pick up a can from their pantry.
Of course, I was not able to put different fragrance to make in different categories.
For instance, I had one tomato scent in the can regardless of the fact, that it was whole tomato, crushed, diced tomato of tomato paste.
An article about this innovative idea was published in the Toronto Star at the time.
That was one of the most expensive ideas I ever had.
Quite some time ago, I heard the word: “Alzheimer’s, but I never really put so much attention in this word until recently when a friend of mine informed me that his wife has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
As the time went by, I heard about Alzheimer’s much more often.
Certainly, I heard a favorite actor of mine by the name of Charlton Heston suffering from the disease and he made a documentary explaining to the general public that this is going to be the last communication with the world since he knew that he will be declining to the point that he no longer recognizes anyone and he will probably forget everything that he knew and his personality will change as well.
So then I thought to myself: If he can get Alzheimer’s Disease, what’s preventing me or you from getting this disease?
Following up to this incident of the actor, I tried to study as much as I can about Alzheimer’s and dementia in our daily lives and questions flown to my mind.
Is this problem related to the food, the weather, a combination of the two, worries, old age, lifestyle habit, environmental pollution, education, etc?
The questions are endless and the answers even more!.
I decided to make this link in the article explaining to you the word Alzheimer’s disease by portraying very reliable websites and professionally sourced data from authorities on the subject.
Prior to posting these links, there are hundreds of documents on the internet beginning with the Wikipedia, Orthopedia, Macromedia and all other Pedias as well videos.
I found the time to select the best articles and videos related to the issue and believe me that was not easy watching nor was it entertaining.
Everything I read was dreadful and heartbreaking.
For someone who has Alzheimer's, does not really understand but for those who care for them and their loved ones, to the homes where staffs care for them and their caregivers, it is a devastating story everywhere.
In this article, I will not try to sell you any treatment, or approaches in caring for those affected by the dreadful illness, but since I posted these videos and articles quite a few people reached out and explained to me their experiences of caring for loved ones or how difficult a job it is.
Every so often I have visited their houses for coffee and witnessed with my own eyes the effects, I will not go into details and behaviors of those affected, and I have already posted enough videos that readers can view on their own.
As I was reading one of the articles and look at it in depth, something extraordinarily hit me in the head like a baseball bat.
Since that time, I am not trying to focus on the cure of the disease, but exactly the opposite the cause of the Alzheimer’s.
Looking at the map of the world, that portraits the percentage of Alzheimer’s disease by country, will tell you that Canada and Russia are in the same position and yet Canada is one of the highest, while Russia is one of the lowest, therefore geographical positions is not a factor, the same applies to the weather.
Old age is not really a factor either because the disease does not discriminate against age, color or religion.
One thing that surprised me while concentrating on the map is the highest level of Alzheimer victims.
It is shocking to see that Finland with 53.77 while Russia, a neighborhood country only 2.17. Why this tremendous difference?
Why South Korea has 12.32 and North Korea, 2.20?
Why of the whole continent of Africa with almost non-existent Alzheimer's disease, suddenly, South Africa is joining the ranks with high marks?
And most importantly, Suriname with zero and their neighbor Brazil with 12.56?
Is it because they concentrate too much on the soccer game according to some people?
And why US and Canada are at the highest of the rank?
I came to the conclusion that countries that have the higher marks have some things in common.
I have inquired and learnt about their eating habits since I know about the food industry and perhaps I have to learn about their lifestyle.
They too have some things in common.
Of course it appears that it is not an easy task; however I think it will take a lot of time and knowledge to be able to come to any conclusion.
I mentioned above that I would like to investigate and find the cause of the problem.
If you are on the same page that I am, and you have already discovered something or have an idea why, then please send your discovery to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I may examine your findings.
The main point of this is to find the cause of this illness and not the solution and recommended medication.
Thank you very much for viewing this article.
Someone recently brought the following to my attention.
While travelling from Windsor to Toronto he noticed in four (4) different gas stations that the items below being sold in the food section are basically junk food.
I did not want to post all the photos of the items within the store but I can assure you that there were basically junk food and an assortment of energy drinks.
Why does anyone need an energy drink while driving? Have you read the list of ingredients on the label? Did you understand or have knowledge of each word on the list of ingredients?
Most importantly, did you ever take the time to read about the dangers of Energy Drinks? Click here and be informed.
By clicking on the photo below you may read more information about energy drinks.
Click the photo for additional junk food images.
Junk foods typically contain high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little protein, vitamins or minerals.
Foods commonly considered junk foods include salted snack foods, gum, candy, sweet desserts, fried fast food, and sugary carbonated beverages.
The driver had no option but to purchase since these were the only items available.
This example is multiplied over all gas stations across Canada and the U.S.
That beautiful egg-coloured omelette or egg sandwich you may purchase at your local fast food outlet maybe something to think about.
The video below is about Fake Foods in China.
One thing you must understand that these products are not only available in China, but are distributed around the world and made in other countries also.
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Test grilled chicken sandwiches from Subway, McDonald's, A&W, Wendy's and Tim Hortons to find out how much chicken is in that chicken.
This video it's very informative
Is the food you eat fake? Here's the truth behind what's really in the food you eat every day.
Since I created this article on Alzheimer’s Disease, it has sparked the interest of quite a few people, many of which communicated to me and share their thoughts and experiences with this deadly disease.
As stated before. I am not focusing on cure at this point.
Below is a letter that I recently received from a professional contact me who shared thear insights on this terrible illness and wish to remain anonymous.
Dear Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas
I like to point out certain things in reference to my research,
Alzheimer ‘s Disease is no tall story. It has taken epidemic proportions.
We live here in the US and Canada, where the incidence of deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease is 8 to 10 times higher than most parts of the world; and from 2005 to now, statistics show that the number of Alzheimer’s related deaths has increased by a whooping 65%.
This is taking the shape of an ongoing nightmare in America.
What’s more shocking is that those immigrating here from countries where Alzheimer’s Disease is nearly non existent, they are plagued by the same disease: They embraced the new land, and this disease welcome them with open arms.
They become 1.5 times predisposed to getting the deadly diagnosis.
This proves that Alzheimer’s disease does not rely solely on genetic predispositions.
Exposure to toxic chemicals, environmental pollutants, lead and mercury exposures, an increasingly sedentary way of living along with lack of social, physical and mental activities, have all been closely linked to the incidence of Alzheimer’s here in Canada and in the US.
Furthermore, countries with low Alzheimer’s related death have a diet that closely matches a Mediterranean diet, which consists of low sugar, good olive oils, fish, whole grains, fresh vegetables and legumes as well as all kinds of nuts.
These foods have been linked to substantial decrease in odds of Alzheimer’s Disease.
If you wish, you can publish my letter for the interest of the general public.
May this letter be a contributing factor to your research and we sincerely thank you for using your keyboard to improve our lives.
"healthy" food labels, exposed (CBC Marketplace)
Erica Johnson and Tom Harrington Talk About Marketplace | CBC
The above video is self-explanatory.
We relying on a good companies to provide truthful labels with accurate contents.
Apparently this is not the case.
The average consumer is conpletely disoriented upon arrival at the grocery store.
In the back of their minds, they believe that they should trust the labets, from companies and products they have been buying for years.
It comes to the point that the general public depends on a good brand of many years of purchasing their products that at least there will be some kind of confidence that they can rely on. Apparently that is not the case. So what the public will have to do?
Just imagine if they pick up the best brands and they have issues. What happened to their unknown brands? Basically, the general public is at the mercy of misleading information in the interest of making a buck.
Of course, I am not here to say that the food is a major factor in Alzheimer’s disease.
A little misprint in the Nutrition Fact panel will not harm anyone, but if such apparent innocent mistake was intentionally placed there, this takes the shape of a criminal offense and the perpetrating companies or the individuals involved should be accountable.
Of course, somebody wondering how is it possible for companies such as Kraft, Campbell, Kelloggs, McCain , Carnation and countless others that we grew up with could be behind these misleading information in within the label.
Obviously someone will wonder what is the federal government role in this and what is the it being done about this.
The answer is yes, and is clear in within the following paragraphs
Nutrient Function Claims
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Nutrient function claims (definition), a subset of function claims, describe the well-established roles of energy or nutrients that are essential for the maintenance of good health or for normal growth and development.
Conditions of Use for Nutrient Function Claims
Provisions for nutrient function claims are made in B.01.311, D.01.006 and D.02.004 of the FDR.
No Drug Representations for Nutrient Function Claims
Nutrient function claims may not refer to the treatment, prevention or cure of a Schedule A disease; or claim to treat, mitigate, or prevent a disease, disorder or physical state; or claim to correct, restore or modify an organic function [3(1) and 3(2), FDA]. Such claims are considered to be drug claims (see Drugs vs. Foods).
Language Requirements for Nutrient Function Claims
Nutrient function claims must be present in both English and French unless a bilingual labelling exemption applies to the product [B.01.311(5) and B.01.012(3) or (7), FDR].
Declaration of the Amount of the Nutrient
Whenever a nutrient function claim is made, the consumer must be informed as to the amount of energy or nutrient present in a serving of the food. This may be achieved through a declaration in the Nutrition Facts table (NFT) or in a quantitative statement outside the NFT; the manner in which the information is provided depends upon a number of factors described below [B.01.311(4), B.01.401(3)(e), D.01.004(1)(c) and D.02.002(1)(c), FDR].
Of course we are not here about Regulations to write or give a link to the entire section or copy the Foods and Drugs Act, This will take several website and most will not understand anyway but what we depend on for the government and the expert in the field to follow up and enforce or impose the appropriate penalties so we know that there is a watchdog on the alert
What takes place in most cases, the company’s defense is “We have a third party independent advisor to create the labels and we print everything they say”.
This is a perfect a similar example that the banks shut the company down and a court appointed receiver is assigned In the end one cannot sue the court appointed receiver.
Consequently, case closed and no one can sue.
I abovementioned about link between Alzheimer and food. You most likely reflect that I eliminated the food as the main factor and yet all my research I have done up to now have eliminated the whether conditions, lifestyle as s well as other factors.
In the middle of my research I came to the conclusion that the food is the major factor to the Alzheimer’s and dementia disease.
I still have a lot of work to do. I am grateful however, for certain people and expert in the field that have reached out, communicated with me and gave me the crucial information that I need..
I have up to now more information, but I keep them as reserve to verify the accuracy before posting it, so as to prevent misleading information being passed on to you.
Please do not call me to report what so and so company did this or have done that.
I am not in the business of taking complaints in the food industry or shutting companies down. What I have posted above was only an example that does not mean that the entire lines of products produced by a certain company are questionable and it seems as though many of them have mad an effort to comply with the requirements since my posts.
Nonetheless, we still have work to do, the general public should be on the alert and suspicious on labels with the following words: “Healthy meals”, “Health wise” “all natural” “Healthy snacks” “smart nutrition”, omega-3 claims, “clolesterol prevemtion” “anti-oxidants”, “organic” “Low Sodium” “Low fat” “Allergen free” “No transfat” Low sugar” Real fruit”“No artificial flavour” “No artificial colour” “Whole wheat bread: “Whole grains” “No unpronouncable name” “No saturated fat” “No caffeine” “Nutrient dense”
let's take a break to read the folloyng
Alzheimer dementia sad stories
Dear friends; you can be a man or a woman, any race, or nationality, you can be any gender, any sexual orientation, bisexual, transexual, transgendered, etc, it will not make any damn difference at this point. God makes us all equal!
And this disease does not discriminate either!
Things have changed around because of religions, politics and all these bull shits around the world.
The fact is there, is an enemy across us to wait there and attack you at the right moment.
If it was not for Mr. Alzheimer who discovered the disease one hundred years ago, it would be somebody else and what happen then and now is like a day and night.
Illness that can affect you, me, and anyone out there who may have read this article.
This awful disease is waiting to attack you. It does not matter if you won the gold medal in bodybuilding or you are the best runner or the best fiscal instructor in the world, or the most famous movie star or the best doctor. In today’s environment, in Canada and in the US, South Africa, most of the parts of Europe, the disease is attacking more than ever. Let me pause here for a moment to allow you to digest this now.
Because I am not breaking happy news!
Let me take a deep breath because I need enough energy to continue this story despite the fact that I am one of the heaviest smokers on the planet, I have been smoking for over 65 years 3-4 packs a day. And up to now, thanks God, the last X-ray of my lungs revealed that they are still in good shape and despite my age, my health is in top shape.
Notwithstanding the fact that I have broken legs and back, floaters in my eye, extreme business problems, etc, etc I still contest my brain on a regular basis to by able to find the right word and provide you with the facts, the way they are as I see them without hiding behind the “bushes”.
In my narration, I am not going to incorporate any name of patients, doctors or pharmaceuticals.
For that you have to use your common sense and I know you have the brains.
Because with Alzheimer’s Disease, you will not be able to read what I am about to tell you.
Here are the facts: Let’s say that a man has some suspicions that his memory began to seriously deteriorate recently. My use of the masculine gender is only for the purpose of this article. However, my writing addresses anybody.
So the suspicions increase to the point that it causes him to book an appointment to see the doctor, finally he is at the doctor’s office.
He explained the situation and the family doctor has no clue as to what happened to his brain. He mentions symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
What is that? I asked. This is a disease where you forget everything and no body knows what causes this thing, but basically he can’t know for sure.
The family physician books an appointment for him to visit with a neurologist. This takes a bit of time 2-3 months, even more sometime. Within that time, many uncertainties come up, a horizon filled with sadness in his mind.
What is the solution, he is thinking, where am I going with this? Am I going to see a good doctor who can understand what’s happening to me and brings my life back?
In the mean time, should I quit my job and submit my resignation.
What will happen to my pension plan? bank Account passwords that I am already starting to forget and I can’t remember if I wrote down my password somewhere for my safety deposit bank account. What if I lose my Id and forget even my name?
The words: “A disease where you forget everything” keep pounding back at me.
Now I can’t remember where I put important documents. I can’t even remember my PIN to use my bank debit or credit card. I don’t know if I should be admitting to my wife that I have this terrible memory problem. What if she abandons me?
Will I end up finding out that the marriage vows we made years ago are not standing? What will happen to “Till death do us part” will that still stand the test of this disease?
At this stage in my life, the only thing I am worried about is “my brain”.
Now no activity makes sense anymore, even watching the news on TV.
All I hear is more bad news:
Who cares if the terrorist had blown up the subway in Paris because they promised him that if he completes his mission, he will he awarded with 60-70 virgins in some other life!
How the hell you can handle 70 women anyways? when one woman is good enough to kill you.
Now let’s reverse the coins and this time, the terrorist is a woman, what did they promise her after she completes the mission, anybody knows? What happens if the terrorist is a woman?
I am approaching the day when I will meet the Neurologist.
In the meantime I am on the unemployment list, my appetite had dramatically decreased to be non existent.
I have no desire for eating, having sex or any other pleasure in life.
I am depressed, sad, fed up with life, hopeless and I do not feel like talking to or seeing people . I just got mad with my neighbour.
I start reading everything there is to know about Alzheimer Disease and dementia.
Every article I am reading makes me more depressed and discouraged.
I looked at the photograph on the wall when I was younger.
Very good looking graduated young man from a prestigious school.
As I was trying to explain this beautiful picture on the wall and thinking about the bright future that I have ahead of me, here I am alone in the room and I felt some tears came out of my eyes because I knew sooner or later with this Alzheimer ordeal; I will not be able to remember who I am or recognize even my own portrait wondering who that might be?
I became more and more depressed with profound sadness. I made my own conclusion I may not have to go to the neurologist after all. What if I start urinating out of no where in my pants because I forget to go to the washroom or I forget where the washroom is?
Or I locked myself outside and don’t know where the house key or can’t remember where I put the car key Maybe now, I should do everything I need to do because I still have a little bit of brain left before I lose it all up.
Anyway, finally the day of the appointment with the Neurologist arrived and here I am sitting across from the doctor who is apparently the authority in brain diseases.
So he asked me to talk for a while, ask me all kinds of questions about head injuries. Then he asked to draw a clock and I tried to do the best I can. Most people, they draw circles and couple lines. I was able to draw a circle and I put the number 6 o’clock, the only damn problem is, I did not remember the date but I knew morning from afternoon.
I was anxious from the doctor’s expression. I am waiting for some response.
Apparently I barely passed this clock test. Now another test arrived, to spell words backwards. I did not do well on that
They ask me to do some calculus too.
Then came something that they wanted to test about my reflexes and muscle strength, and eye movement and this and that, and then they told me that further evaluations are necessary and they need to assess my mood (I was never that moody to begin with.
If moody is a test, then everybody around me must have Alzheimer’s) then the Neurologist set me up for something described as brain imaging (They call it MRI) because they want to see if I don’t have some kind of tumor or cancer or water build-up in my brain or if I had all kinds of major or mini strokes in my head.
But before this MRI, I was sent to another office for some more testing.
I walked away completely devastated and fearful about this disease.
Then I went through the test to allow them to know if I can manage myself without help in daily activities. Then came another test: called: “The Montreal Cognition Test”.
Then the fourth test arrived.
This one is to assess electrical activities in your brain.
Obviously, for people with no brain, they passed this test without effort because there is already no electrical activity in the brain anyways to begin with.
Now the doctor gives me a lot of homework to do. He asked me to make an appointment at the hospital to perform an MRI. 3 to 4 weeks later finally, the report came out and was sent directly to the doctor. It’s no point to give it to me because I cannot read it anyway. So the doctor has finally called me.
Although I am partially brain dead; I could still suspect that it’s not going to be a happy news.
The day arrived and I am sitting in the office with the neurologist and he starts talking to me:
After assessing the situation, the neurologist explained that there are many possibilities and that the volume of the brain has reduced, there are some brain damages in various parts of the brain, there has been brain cells lost, mini strokes were observed, cells have been damaged in the hippocampus, in the cortex.
At that point I wished to have Chinese translator to explain what this is all about.
At that moment, I wished to have my dog with me because he is the only being who can really understand the sadness in my heart
Anyhow, the doctor continued with the assessment..
First of all:
1) You have a disease called Alzheimer’s disease. We are not sure what causes it.
There is no cure.
2) There is no way to stop the disease, but we can slow it down.
For how long can you do that?
There is no way to prevent the death of brain cells. In addition to this ordeal, at that moment, I remember Clint Eastwood and I told him Come on Make my day.
After receiving a bunch of prescribed expensive medications for all my symptoms, he gave me appointment for a follow up in 4 months.
I left his office traumatized by what just happened as if my head suddenly was totally invaded by the dreadful disease and the verification of that instead of going to the east end where my house is, I went to the west end.
Good thing that I have a bit of brain left and few dollars in my pocket to be able to make a phone call to my house by looking in my notebook since I did not remember the number. Of course to some of you reading this particular article, it may seem that this is the worse drama in our society today.
Christopher Columbus’ mission to discover America was a piece of cake compared to me in my situation right now after all my energy on the way there to try to reveal my problem to my wife.
I was able to hide my illness to my wife and friend but now I am on the dead end but I still have some courage so I can tell everybody about my symptoms and this is what I did when I arrived at home
The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing were meaningless compared to the bomb I exploded in my house.
Everybody was speechless and I finally realized that I am a patient of the worse disease the world has ever known.
Everybody tried to encourage me by telling me I am just tired or maybe I should go to sleep or I need a lot of rest. I spent more time trying to understand the future the impact and the effects. It was a night that I will try to remember.
It’s a crossword road decision to a path that I never before What I am going to face.
What will happen to my family Are they going to stick with me or they will dump me into some Alzheimer’s home. The future will tell. For them it will be the future.
For me it seems this is the end of my life. I was constantly inside in my brain or may be what was left of that . I was hearing the voice of the doctor repeating again and again the words uttered to me: “I cannot rescue your brain from dying.
We don’t have drugs for that “There is no cure for Alzheimer”: “There is no cure for Alzheimer”: “There is no cure for this disease”.
For the next little while, I had a terrible conversation with friends and relatives questioning me on: How this happened? When this happened? What’s the name of your doctor? Maybe you should get another doctor? Maybe you should stop smoking I told them I don’t smoke. Maybe it’s something in the water? Maybe it’s the milk that you drink? I told them I do not drink milk since my mother breastfed me.
Maybe you gamble too much? Maybe too many maybes...
Needless to say: Questions and advice came right and left.
Everybody tried to be a doctor with me. Stop drinking, but I never drink anything for twelve years, stop fooling around with women But I don’t fool around with women since my marriage. I was getting annoyed with well-intentioned medical advice.
I started questioning myself. How many doctors are in this world?
Then I decided to stop talking to people
I heard from someone there is no