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Monday, December 11, 2017

DEC 11, 2017 - 11:43 AM ET - Dementia, Parkinson's and/or Alzheimer's

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"May God reserve one of the best places in Heaven for those suffering with 

Dementia, Parkinson's and/or Alzheimer's."

 Forrest Caricofe

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WHAT'S ON MY MIND TODAY

**Do you or I have Dementia? I may sound humorous in answer to some of the

following Dementia symptoms, but I'm not making fun of those that have this 

dreaded disease. 

Dementia.

"Requires a medical diagnosis.

Symptoms include forgetfulness, limited social skills, and thinking abilities so 

impaired that it interferes with daily functioning.

People may experience:

1.  Cognitive: memory loss, mental decline, confusion in the evening hours, 

disorientation, inability to speak or understand language, making things up, 

mental confusion, or inability to recognize common things.

I'm 75 years old so I have some memory loss, but no mental decline. I have no

disorientation except when I've had less than 6 hours sleep and I don't 

understand any languages except English. I make things up sometimes, liar, liar,

pants on fire, but have no mental confusion or inability to recognize common 

things.

2.  Behavioral: irritability, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or 

wandering and getting lost.

I do not get irritable, but I do have to assume several personalities to talk to 

people with different personalities than my own personality. That's a mouth full.

I'm not restless or show lack of restraint, but I may wander or wonder especially 

when I don't know the difference in their definitions. I don't get lost in the 

house, but I do get lost when driving the Honda. It's a 1986 Honda Accord with

no built-in GPS at that time, but after wandering or wondering around for a 

while, I arrive at my destination. 




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3.  Mood: anxiety, loneliness, mood swings, or nervousness.

I'm never anxious, afraid of nothing or no one and I'm never lonely because I 

very much like being alone. I don't have mood swings, only personality swings 

like I mentioned above. I never nervous and I don't have the shakes.

4.  Psychological: depression, hallucination, or paranoia.

I suffer no depression, hallucination, or paranoia. That's not quite true, I did

suffer some paranoia several years, but that's another story which I won't tell

today. 

5.  Muscular: inability to combine muscle movements or unsteady walking

Also common: falling, jumbled speech, or sleep disorder.

I really have no problem with combining muscle movements, but I've been 

unsteady on my right leg which I believe is due to a needed right hip 

replacement. I fallen about 3 times this year while working in the flower beds, 

but got right up and continued working. I have no jumbled speech, but I'm not 

totally sure because most people cannot recognized their own voice. I have no 

trouble sleeping, getting 6 hours sleep because of prescription medication I take 

each night called Seroquel that I call Sarah Palin.

Consult a doctor for medical advice."

Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/ and others. 

Treatment depends on stage:

"Medications and therapies may help manage symptoms. Some causes are 

reversible.

Therapies:

Rehabilitation and Occupational therapy.

Medications:

Cognition-enhancing medication. Prescription needed.

Specialists: Geriatrician, Clinical psychologist, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, and 

Primary care provider (PCP).

Consult a doctor for medical advice."

Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/ and others.

Memory loss in Alzheimer's disease.

"Loss of memory is among the first symptoms reported by patients suffering 

from Alzheimer's disease (AD) and by their caretakers. Working memory and 

long-term declarative memory are affected early during the course of the 

disease."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3898682/.

Dear God, please help all people around the world suffering with Dementia, 

Parkinson's and/or Alzheimer's and with other ailments that human kind must 

endure. God Bless everyone, Amen. 





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