Hoping to Preserve a Life

It’s a terrifying thought, that one day a whole lifetime of memories could be gone. If it had happened to past generations in the family, if it was an almost certainty that that day would come to pass, there is no doubt that something was going to get done about it. Thanks to always advancing technology, there is a lot more awareness about the causes of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, so it follows that we also have more knowledge of how to prevent it.

Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disease. It destroys long term memory, cognitive skills, and as time goes on, even the ability to do things that were once second nature. Most people that have it are lucky enough not to see the symptoms until they are sixty-five. It occurs in three stages; the first has no symptoms, the middle is mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – which is simply the loss of more skills than would be expected for a sixty-five year old –and the final is Dementia.

http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/symptoms?utm_source=ad_fact_sheet&utm_medium=web&utm_content=symptoms&utm_campaign=top_promo_box state the most common signs of Alzheimer’s as memory problems, poor judgment, and a loss for words. When it is mild, the symptoms like getting lost and repeating questions are disguised as typical signs of old age, but the disease can be diagnosed at this stage. As it transforms from mild to moderate, problems with recognizing family starts, and it may no longer be possible to learn new things. Severe Alzheimer’s stops all communication in the affected and are now dependent on others for their care. In this stage, the body slowly shuts down and is confined to bed.

According to www.mayoclinic.org, while no prevention techniques are foolproof, all of them may delay the onset of the disease. Keeping an active mind is very important. Finding a hobby like the daily crossword is sure to keep those brain cells stimulated. Memory training with games such as Brain Age would also be a smart step to take. A big part of preventing illness with age is just common sense. Stay healthy with exercise, try to have regular social interactions and close friends, don’t start smoking, and if it’s too late, try to stop. People with lower blood pressure are shown to be at a lower risk for Dementia. Eating right is good as well, but a harder step to keep up with personally, since not everyone can afford to. Another prevention tip not possible for everyone is to pursue an education. Even people with brain abnormalities have a lower possibility for the disease because it develops a strong nerve call network that can compensate for nerve cell damage later on.

To be frank, while it would be wise to take as many steps as possibly to prevent a lonely death and lost mind, I wouldn’t do it if it kept me from living. Fear is not an emotional that should rule life. Right now, Sudoku is a fun hobby, soccer is played often enough, friends talk with me nearly every day, smoking isn’t a problem, and neither is eating right. These things are all done with little conscious effort because for me it’s common sense. And even on the days when it’s not, that’s okay. Mistakes are okay, and hopefully the majority of people can realize that, and make memories of their life that are worth saving.