Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia that affects a person’s memory and thinking ability. It usually progresses through seven stages as a person ages.

For those that are living with someone with Alzheimer’s disease, education, support, legal issues, and expectations are all important factors that one must be aware of. 

Education

Education is very important when it comes to recognizing the initial warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease (memory loss, disorientation, personality change etc.,), what to expect as the person with Alzheimer’s disease gets older, and how to live with the person who has Alzheimer’s disease.

Misinformation is easy to come by. However, organizations such as Alzheimer Society Canada (www.alzheimer.ca) and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org) can be contacted for educational material, as well as support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

Once a person is aware that the person they live with has the warning signs, the next step would be to get a definite diagnosis by a qualified doctor, who would also be able to suggest support groups that are available, refer the person to other specialists, and present various treatment options.

Legal 

A person who has Alzheimer’s disease should make important decisions (health care, financial) about their future as soon as a diagnosis is made, to be sure that their affairs are in order. They will not be capable of making these decisions later on. A visit to the lawyer will be necessary to get a Power of Attorney.

What to Expect

Realistic expectations of the person with Alzheimer’s disease by those living with them is important. Patience is certainly a virtue, and can be easier to develop once the person knows what to expect.

Alzheimer’s disease is not about intelligence, but a loss of memory. A person’s abilities to function from day to day will also be affected. They must not be overwhelmed with information since they have trouble with their memory. 

Those with Alzheimer’s disease respond to what is going on in their environment and this can sometimes be misinterpreted. They may appear angry for example, but could be reacting in that way to protect themselves. It is also important to remember that this person still has the same needs for a caring relationship with others as they did before they were affected.

The progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease must also be considered since it is hard to see it happening. Changes are subtle. Once the person who live with them is aware of this, they will be able to better adjust their expectations of them. For example, the speech of a person with Alzheimer’s disease may become repetitive since they do not remember what they have just said.

Support

As has already been mentioned, help from outside sources is very important. Support groups allow the person living with Alzheimer’s disease to relate their experiences, and realize that they are not the only ones in this situation.

Support groups may also help members to learn methods that the other participants are using to deal with those they live with. They might also learn strategies to communicate with friends who do not understand what they are going through.

A person living with one who has Alzheimer’s disease should never be hard on themselves, take care of their own health, and realize that they could be dealing with many of their own emotions such as anger and denial.  

Living with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge. However, if a person takes the time to educate themselves, gets support from an outside agency or someone else who is in a similar situation, and then learns how to interact with that person, the challenge may not go away, but the journey will be easier. 

Facts About Organic Green Tea

If you haven’t yet heard, green tea offers a wide variety of health benefits. One of the reasons that green tea is generally better than black tea is the way it’s processed. Both types come from the same plant, but black tea is fermented, while green tea is simply dried. This allows it to retain a lot more of its naturally occurring compounds. Then there is organic green tea, which doesn’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. In theory, that makes it even better for you, and people who drink it say it has a more fresh and aromatic quality than the regular kind.

 

While the use of strictly organic green tea goes back before written history (everything was organic then, right?), it may go back over one hundred thousand years. There is no doubt that the medicinal effects of the plant have been well-known by people in China long before scientists and medical researchers started looking into it. One of the earliest known uses of tea–apart from being a beverage–was to treat wounds and control bleeding.

 

These ancient cultures didn’t understand the chemistry of tea leaves, but they were still able to see the positive effects it had on their health. Today, scientists know a lot more about what makes tea tick. Among the main compounds found in green tea are catechin polyphenols, an antioxidant that packs a wallop. It has been shown to reduce the formation of blood clots, kill or inhibit some cancer cells and lower bad cholesterol. Drinking green tea is like opening up a medicine chest provide by Mother Nature herself. 

 

But what is it about green tea that makes it so good for you? After all, there are many different varieties of tea, and all of them come from the same plant. That’s our first clue as to what makes green tea special. All tea may be derived from the same plant, but what makes each kind different is how it’s processed. Black tea, for example, is fermented before it reaches the consumer. This allows some of the beneficial nutrients to leech out during processing. Green tea, on the other hand is simply dried. Then you pour hot water over the tea leaves and that’s all there is to it. This minimal use of processing keeps many more of the healthy nutrients intact.

 

You have already read some of what organic green tea can do, but there are even more things it does: cavity prevention, boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure, helps bone density and aids indigestion. The other big thing it does is help with weight loss. It does this by reducing how much cholesterol and fat the body absorbs, helps you feel fuller and increases metabolism. Green tea contains some caffeine, so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to it. That being said, with all it has going for it, green tea is one thing just about everybody should add to their daily routine.

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