Alzheimer's Disease and the Beginning of Memory Loss

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 4th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Since people are living longer in North America, the issue of care-giving is topical. This series will examine some of the issues and provide some tips for family and home caregivers.

Issues Facing Caregivers

Issues Facing Caregivers

Though anyone can understand the need for family helping family, the services of a volunteer caregiver extends beyond parental or familial care. Many caregivers volunteer their time to neighbors, friends, and community; never once does DNA become an issue, never once will these people with such caring hearts require a DNA test to prove their willingness to help someone in need. In other words for many caregivers biological connections are not necessary to help someone in need. Montrealers have big hearts when it comes to helping people in need.

Families Dealing with Memory Loss

Families Dealing with Memory loss

One of the many issues often facing families' today, centers around having to care for an elderly family member who is suffering from memory loss. Adult children are fraught with very hard decisions to make. Elderly parents may become so debilitated they no longer can run a household. They may have to move in with their adult children, or move to a nursing home, or other facilities depending upon the gravity of their situation.

Sometimes neighbors become concerned with the activities of people suffering from memory loss; particularly seniors who are doing weird things such as roaming around the streets in a daze because they cannot remember where their home is.

Neighbors can be woken in the middle of the night from the sound of a fire truck because the elderly individual or couple forgot to turn the stove off; thus causing a kitchen fire. Or, they may have fallen asleep while smoking a cigarette. Though neighbors may be concerned about the welfare of these seniors who are losing memory other than a call to the local social service agency, they often are paralyzed to act on behalf of the seniors because they are not related biologically. When there are family members still alive and available these family members must take control of the situation at hand.

Caregivers Must Deal With all These Issues and More

Caregivers Must Deal With all These Issues and More

However, how does a family member tell if memory loss becomes that debilitating that intervention is necessary? Of course the above mentioned scenarios where fire trucks are called or the elderly parents are wandering around on the streets not knowing where they live are dramatic signs, yet not all signs are that obvious.

Barring strokes, other diseases, accidents, etc, the loss of memory advances slowly with age. Just this past winter two Montreal women with Alzheimer's died in the street from exposure when they lost their way back home.

Once, the guardians of the elderly realize the severity of the situation it can be too late. However, Montrealers on the whole want to know ahead of time what is normal memory loss and what is abnormal memory loss, which is indicative of a disease such as the onset of Alzheimer's to avoid these tragedies from happening.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Jun 2015 (#)

It will soon be four years since one of my brothers passed away. He had suffered for years with Alzheimer's Disease. He lived with his daughter and I would often stay with him while she worked. It wasn't easy and eventually I had to stop. I was 70 myself by then and it was getting too much for me to handle. His condition too was deteriorating. Now at 75 myself I find that my short term memory is not as good as it once was. Blessings.

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author avatar Markthespark
5th Jun 2015 (#)

The question is why is diseases like Alzheimers such a common occurrence? Also various cancers, prostrate problems and other diseases - especially influenza that becomes more and more virulent each year. Many say these diseases - except influenza of course - were not that common in the early years. Or were they? It's just that they weren't as widely publicized. Maybe a medical person can provide us with an explanation? Is it really stress? The food we eat? Or is that too simple an answer? Is it genetics? DNA? It's frustrating as especially younger people are being tragically cut down in the prime of their lives due to the proliferation of these illness, and also taking their toll on those left behind who have to care for them. Thanks

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author avatar Carol Roach
6th Jun 2015 (#)

fatty plaque in the arteries, is responsible for strokes and perhaps alzhemiers, others say aluminum buildup, the experts don't really know.

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author avatar Markthespark
8th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes, that's true. Apparently high trigIyceride levels are also a hidden danger. I personally have reduced my fat, sugar intake for about two weeks - as I love fried chips, and have a sweet tooth - amazing how much better I feel! I've also ended the fizzy cooldrinks - and have taken to eating lighter meals. More filleted chicken, fruits and vegetables - and can feel the difference already. I hope it can last, because as soon as a good habit dies off, the old habits will return! One thing I do believe is that hidden preservatives like MSG and sodium, contribute to our ill-health in the long run!

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author avatar Carol Roach
8th Jun 2015 (#)

so true, Mark, I have lost 17 pounds but I have to start exercising so that I can feel better

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author avatar Markthespark
9th Jun 2015 (#)

well done, Carol ... Exercise will give you an even extra boost! I run most days it's really a great help and play hockey over weekends. It's not just for the sake of good physical health but one has to have a "diversion" from the run-of-the-mill everyday stuff. It helps the stress levels that also impacts on health; especially mental health!

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