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Best Practices for Someone with Alzheimer's/Dementia
Myriam
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 4:59 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


Mediterranean Diet  

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070910162411.htm 


 

Exercise 

http://www.physorg.com/news205430929.html 

 

 

Stay Mentally Active 

http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_stay_mentally_active.asp 

 

 

Socializing 

http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html 


Lane Simonian
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 5:29 PM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 4854


Thanks so much for posting the best practices, Myriam.  I know that you are an optimist and I try to be, too.  There are a number of things that a person can do to potentially not only stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease, but to partially reverse it ranging from these best practices to several over-the-counter treatments. I don't think we are that far away from where Alzheimer's disease goes from being a progressive fatal disease to a chronic non-fatal disease.  I know it's not ideal, but it's certainly better than the current alternative.  Again, I like the story of  Hazel Eng who was zoned out and hitting caregivers while on antipsychotic drugs, but after being weaned from these drugs, (and probably engaging in exercise, pet therapy, socializing, mental stimulation, and aromatherapy as these are also part of the Ecumen program) was much more at peace.  Her daughter said, "She is content in her own little brain, and in her little mind she is fine and she is fine." I almost cry every time I watch this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKN3DGxl06o