How to Talk to Someone You Think Has Dementia

Raising the issue of memory loss – and the possibility of dementia – can be a difficult thing to do. Someone who is experiencing these symptoms may be confused, unaware they have any problems, worried or in denial.

Before starting a conversation with someone you’re concerned about, the Alzheimer’s Society suggests that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have they noticed the symptoms?
  • Do they think their problems are just a natural part of ageing?
  • Are they scared about what the changes could mean?
  • Are you the best person to talk to them about memory problems?
  • Do they think there won’t be any point in seeking help?
  • What could be stopping them from seeing the GP (General Practictioner) about their memory problems?
  • What approach has worked in the past to help persuade them to do something they were unsure about? Who could be the best person to approach the subject with them? Do they usually prefer to have a lot of information to understand all possibilities, or do they usually prefer to take things one step at a time?  Might they find it reassuring to have someone offer to go to the GP with them?
  • Remember that there isn’t one approach that is best for everyone, and there isn’t a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to discuss your concerns. You should also consider that they may not react how you expect them to. You should listen to how they respond, and you may need to adapt your approach.

When you do talk to them, choose a place that is familiar and non-threatening. And allow plenty of time so the conversation isn’t rushed.

You should also consider that they may not react how you expect them to. You should listen to how they respond, and you may need to adapt your approach.

What if they are still reluctant to see the GP?

If you don’t seem to be able to make progress in persuading them to see the GP, you could mention your concerns to the GP yourself. Patient confidentiality means the GP is not able to give out information about a patient, but they are able to receive information. It is though up to the individual GP whether they decide to take any action on information received.

 

You might start the conversation by gently asking the person if they’ve been feeling any different from usual or are struggling with anything. It can be helpful to start by showing that you are raising concerns because you care about them and want to offer support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do People with Dementia Know they have Dementia?

People with this illness don’t know they have it, They don’t understand that anything is wrong. This little-known yet common consequence of this kind of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders is called anosognosia, and it leaves people unaware that they are compromised by illness.

Imagine someone who survives a stroke and is paralyzed on the left side of his body, but is convinced he can walk without assistance. A less extreme example: Someone with moderate memory deficiency gets lost on the road or has accidents, but thinks she is driving just as well as ever.

This is not denial, said Sandra Weintraub, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Northwestern University. “It’s a lack of insight and awareness,” she said. “Everyone else around them is aware they’re not the same, and they are not.”

Sometimes anosognosia is selective: An aging parent may realize she has a problem with one kind of activity but is oblivious to other difficulties. But in other cases, the lack of self-awareness is more extensive. According to some estimates, up to 42 percent of people with early Alzheimer’s disease have symptoms of anosognosia. And as dementia progresses, the symptoms also advance, evidence suggests.

Trying to make someone with this problem understand that they have changed and need to accept new limits often is an exercise in frustration, Dr. Weintraub said. Reasoning and evidence make little difference to these patients.

Brain studies suggest that the lack of awareness may be linked to the deterioration of the frontal lobes, especially on the right side, which play an important role in problem-solving, planning, and understanding the context and meaning of experiences and social interactions. Some studies also point to atrophy in the temporal lobes.

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Product Review for HCF (Happy, Calm, Focused)

HCF Happy, Calm, Focused $37.95 Purchasing link is available on my Product Page.

Ruth V. has suffered from early memory loss and Dementia and she states, “If I go without HCF more than a couple of days I can see how I become forgetful and misplace things.” HCF has helped Ruth tremendously! Ruth’s family and everyone around her notices how much more effective she is everyday from taking HCF. She is able to do all the work around the house, maintain the farm, as well as, do anything her heart desires. Without taking HCF Ruth has to make lists of everything to do everyday, she gets angry at the drop of a hat, and can’t understand why everyone is mad at her but Ruth has a much happier and calmer day and life by taking HCF daily. HCF Happy, Calm, Focused has been used for decades by well respected researchers for helping to support the increase of neurotransmitter levels. HCF is original, effective and contains the purest neuro-nutrients obtainable.

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Directions: Begin taking three (3) capsules daily, 30 minutes before breakfast. Take capsules ONLY on an empty stomach with an 8oz glass of water. To accommodate body weight, activity level, stress level and/or inadequate diet, you may increase up to a maximum of six (6) capsules per day and/or take at different intervals throughout the day.*

Someone develops Dementia every 3 minutes. Dementia is a collection of brain diseases with Alzheimer’s being most common and it is not just about memory loss. Everyone experiences dementia differently, from behavior changes, to difficulty processing conversations, to confusion over everyday tasks-such as how to make a cup of coffee or tea. People should not be defined by their dementia, they should be given opportunities and experiences to enjoy life and relationships. Listen to what the person with dementia is telling us. A timely diagnosis enables people to plan for the future together. Humor with a dementia patient lessens frustration and maintains self-esteem. People living with dementia speak of the need to emphasize what is achieved rather than what isn’t. Although dementia patients need more time to process information, don’t answer for them, just give them time. It’s important for others to know the person with dementia, such as their interest and passions. Showing pictures and videos of family events to a loved one with dementia is a great memory jogger, as well as quality time spent, humor is great, and it will also ease their mind, give them comfort, make them happy and not feel left out. How a person lives with dementia depends on who they are, their own individual diagnosis, and their support and connections. People can and do live well with dementia.

 

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The Discovery of Dementia

Alois Alzheimer identified Auguste Deter as the first Alzheimer’s patient in 1906.

Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness whose symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. Early onset (dementia) of Alzheimer’s disease is caused by mutation in a single gene. A mutation whose ultimate effect is the formation of amyloid plaques. These plaques form between nerve cells and suffocate them.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest health problems today.  Approximately 100 million dementia sufferers are predicted worldwide by 2050, the majority of whom will have Alzheimer’s disease. 95% of Alzheimer’s patients suffer late onset of the illness after age 65. Dementia is an illness that usually occurs slowly over time, and includes a progressive state of deteriation in the brain.

A Neurologist can determine through a series of tests if you are suffering from or headed for Alzheimer’s disease.

 

10 Things a Person with Dementia Would Tell You If They Could

 

  1. You know what makes me feel safe, secure, and happy? A smile.
  2. Did you ever consider this? When you get tense and uptight it makes me feel tense and uptight.
  3. Instead of getting all bent out of shape when I do something that seems perfectly normal to me, and perfectly nutty to you, why not just smile at me? It will take the edge off the situation all the way around.1
  4. Please try to understand and remember it is my short term memory, my right now memory, that is gone — don’t talk so fast, or use so many words.
  5. You know what I am going to say if you go off into long winded explanations on why we should do something?I am going to say No, because I can never be certain if you are asking me to do something I like, or drink a bottle of castor oil. So I’ll just say No to be safe.
  6. Slow down. And don’t sneak up on me and start talking. Did I tell you I like smiles?
  7. Make sure you have my attention before you start blabbering away. What is going to happen if you start blabbering away and you don’t have my attention, or confuse me? I am going to say No – count on it.
  8. My attention span and ability to pay attention are not as good as they once were, please make eye contact with me before you start talking. A nice smile always gets my attention. Did I mention that before?
  9. Sometimes you talk to me like I am a child or an idiot.How would you like it if I did that to you? Go to your room and think about this. Don’t come back and tell me you are sorry, I won’t know what you are talking about. Just stop doing it and we will get along very well, and probably better than you think.
  10. You talk too much — instead try taking my hand and leading the way. I need a guide not a person to nag me all the time.

 

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Product Review for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil capsules $21.85  Coconut oil is also available in liquid form. Click on the link on my “Product Page” on dementiapreventions.com

How Coconut Oil Helps with Memory Loss

 

Scientists have found that coconut oil does improve memory and reduces memory loss. Mrs. Newport’s husband had Alzheimer’s and medication did not help. So, Mrs. Newport gave her husband coconut oil and the results were immediate and showed dramatic memory improvement, as well as, functionality improvement.

Scientific Research

 

A study in 2004 regarding the effects of coconut oil given to senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimer’s showed an improved score on the Alzheimer’s Cognitive rating scale. In addition, everyone showed an immediate improvement on a Paragraph-Recall memory test. People really are seeing that coconut oil does improve memory, drastically! Taking coconut oil regularly definitely has overwhelming positive results. The sooner you make a change the better the results will be. Even in severe conditions coconut oil has been proven to reverse memory loss from all different types of dementia.

How It Works

 

Coconut Oil gives your brain a boost. Everything you eat turns into energy, fat, and waste. Your muscles need energy to keep you strong and active. Your immune system needs energy to keep you healthy. Your brain needs energy to process and recall memory. As you age your brain loses the ability to absorb glucose and convert it to energy. This results in memory loss and other disorders. Ketones can still be absorbed by the brain and used as an energy substitute. The more pure the ketone is, the better….Coconut Oil is about 60% pure and absorbed more easily and quickly by the brain and converted directly into energy. Results of coconut oil are almost immediate as your brain is getting an instant fuel boost.

 

Benefit of Coconut Oil

 

Coconut Oil is used to treat diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, thyroid conditions and chronic fatigue. Additionally, coconut oil is used topically to moisturize the skin and treat skin conditions. Coconut Oil is a great weight loss product as well because it increases energy, improves cholesterol levels, and promotes healthy weight.

 

Dosage and Dietary Guidelines

 

The improved memory from using coconut oil last about 8 hours. It’s best to take multiple doses per day, like most other medications.

Week 1 – 1Tbsp 2x per day

Week 2 – 1 Tbsp 3x per day

Ongoing – 1 Tbsp – 4x per day

You can take 6-8 Tablespoons per day, but anymore may cause diarrhea. It is best to use the coconut oil with foods that are high in protein and fiber because these types of foods helps your brain and body to better absorb the nutrients.

 

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2017 Dementia Statistics

5.5 million Americans of all ages are living with Dementia.

5.3 million are 65 and older and 200,000 of dementia patients are under age 65.

3% of dementia patients are ages 65-74, 17% ages 75-84, and 32% are ages 85 and older.

People whose Dementia has progressed to the last stages of Alzheimer’s is ages 75 and older. Texas alone has 360,000 Dementia residents. By the year 2025 Texas Dementia residents will have increased to 490,000, which, is an increase of 36% within 8 years.

10.3% of men age 45 have Dementia compared to 19.5% of women age 45.

11.6% of men age 65 have Dementia compared to 21.1% of women age 65.

Approximately 700,000 people age 65 and older in the U.S. will have Dementia when they die.

Although Dementia is a very devastating and brain deteriating disease DON’T BE ALARMED because the right vitamins, food, and healthy drinks can take all our worries away while at the same time saving our lives and the lives of our loved ones by going to dementiapreventions.com

 WE CAN BEAT THIS DISEASE!!!!!!

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Preventing Dementia is a lot Easier than you Think

As we all know Dementia is the first stages of Alzheimer’s. The amount of time it takes for someone to go from Dementia to full blown Alzheimer’s varies, but, one can live 4-8 years after diagnosis. One can live for 20 years if they take precautions such as: eating the right foods, taking B vitamins, and omega 3 vitamins. Researcher have found that people with high stress have two and a half times the risk of developing dementia, compared to those with less stress.

In 2014, nearly 36 million people worldwide had Dementia but only 25% had been diagnosed. It’s predicted that in 2031, more than 3 million people over the age of 85 will have Dementia that has progressed to Alzheimer’s. In addition to memory loss, this disease causes financial ruin. The cost of caring for one with Alzheimer’s is about $220 billion a year, making it the most expensive disease.

 

                                 15 Ways to Prevent Dementia

 

  1.  Learn a second, third, or fourth language – Adding another language to your vocabulary can delay the progression of Dementia to Alzheimer’s.

2.  Drink raw fruit and vegetable juices – Drinking fruit and vegetable juices more than 3 times a week will cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 76%.

 

3.  Take a vitamin K supplement – Vitamin K plays a crucial role in anti-aging and may prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

4.  Reduce Stress – A study has shown that people who have mild cognitive impairment and high levels of anxiety were 135% more likely to develop Dementia.

 

5.  Exercise Regularly – Such as; walking, dancing, swimming, cycling, and gardening

 

6.  Laughing – It has been proven that playing, laughing, and being active helps engage the brain, grow new brain cells, and prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

7.  Run 15 miles per week – A new study shows that running 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of Dementia by 40%.

 

8.  Eat more fruits – Fruits contain a compound called “fisetin” which fights Dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is found in strawberries, mangos. Fisetin also has anti-inflammatory properties that will stop the onset of Dementia.

 

9.  Meditation – Meditation increases protective tissue in the brain, which, helps seniors feel less stressed and reduces the hormone cortisol, which, increases the risk of developing Dementia.

10.  Eat Fish – Fish is high in Omega 3 fatty acids which control blood clotting, build cell membranes in the brain, protect against heart disease and slows Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

11.  Mediterranean Diet – Eat foods high in Omega 3 such as: fish, chicken, olive oil. It will improve cognition and lower the risk of cognitive decline.

 

12.  Quit Smoking – Research shows that smokers have a 45% higher risk of developing Dementia.

 

13.  Learn Alzheimer’s Symptoms – Early detection and prevention are the best key. You can find Dementia symptoms on my website at: dementiapreventions.com

 

14.  Sleep better – Lack of sleep has been linked to increased cortisol and stress which are both risk factors for Dementia and Alzheimer’s. More information is included in my website at: dementiapreventions.com

 

15.  Limit Sugar Intake – Diabetes is linked to Dementia, so, keeping your blood sugar under control and managing your sugar intake helps helps keep you and your brain healthy.

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