Alzheimer's epidemic coming to US. Other countries? How is Alzheimer's impacting the world?

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Casii
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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:24:10 AM
Saw this in USA Today this morning. Coming Alzheimer's Epidemic

I'd like to know how Alzheimer's is affecting other countries.

My father in law seems to be quickly going downhill. His mother died of complications of Alzheimer's. I worry for my dh and my own children.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:00:48 AM
I worry for myself. My mom had dementia. I can placate myself that hers was 'from' a lifetime of smoking and not treating her emphysema and depriving her brain of needed oxygen levels ( all true ) but in truth the doctor could not say positively if that caused her dimentia or just helped it along earlier and faster. He was positive that the lack of oxygen had an effect on her brain but not how much. By 2050 I will be near the age my mom began her severe issues with dementia. Worrisome indeed.

There are some days I wonder if I really want to be physically very healthy. I think or ponder that the healthier I am the longer my kids will have to put up with me as not me. So yea it crossed my mind and worries me.

If you want to do things for it there are Alzheimer's walks around the country every year, while not nearly as popular as the breast cancer walks they are there. You can go to Alz.org for info on a local walk where you live.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:31:44 AM

There are some days I wonder if I really want to be physically very healthy. I think or ponder that the healthier I am the longer my kids will have to put up with me as not me. So yea it crossed my mind and worries me.

If you want to do things for it there are Alzheimer's walks around the country every year, while not nearly as popular as the breast cancer walks they are there. You can go to Alz.org for info on a local walk where you live.
What a terrible burden to carry and worry about.

There's a walk in my area in October and a run up near Hershey, PA in April.

I'm still wondering about Alzheimer's in other countries and hope international peas will chime in.


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Casii

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:57:04 AM
Rates are increasing because people are living longer. Here's a link with some information.

Alzheimer's





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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:55:39 AM
Not Alzheimers per se but dementias are increasingly a cause for additional care and support for older people in the UK. I am not sure that there are ever increasing numbers of people with dementias - although with people generally living longer there will be more cases.

I believe though that until a generation ago we cared for older people in family homes much more and many families probably lived with the impact of dementia and hid that fact because it was seen to be embarrassing. We also have had a generation, in particular of women, who have had greater disposable income, and who have been able to afford more of things that can cause/exacerbate dementias - eg smoking and alcohol.

The other increase in cases arises from the understanding that repeated head injuries in sport can be a cause of early onset alzheimers, as well as being linked to depression and various mental health issues.

I think OP rather than worry about the possibilities if we can do the best we can to have as healthy a lifestlye as possible we reduce the chances of 'living death' that dementia often is.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:10:01 AM
I worry too. I especially worry for my kids, because my dh's family has a history of early-onset. Scary. Plus, my own mother has mentioned that she has been forgetting stuff more often and it is kind of worrying her. She's only 66.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:50:00 AM
MY biggest fear. My mom had Alzheimer's and so did my MIL. they both passed in their early 80's. I believe environment is a big factor. With all the pesticides and weed killers, metal saturation, aluminum for example, is just about in everything from deodorant to powders. I have gone back to good ol cast iron pans and stainless steel. And lord only know what the hell is in our foods.

I am terrified of ending up like my mom.... It was horrible to watch her, I only pray she is no longer suffering.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:45:57 AM
I am not sure that aluminum has been proved to cause Alzheimers' disease.

There is a genetic component that I believe that they have found.

So, with my mom dying of A's and my MIL in late stages of the disease, I am sure concerned.

We can all help by contributing to research to the Alzheimer's Disease Association. We also do all we can to help spread the work, so thanks!

by the way, my mom lead a healthy life..wrote and read, and kept fit. My MIL wasn't always so emotionally healthy (well now for sure) but she was physically healthy.

it would be great to find out some day whether there is one cause.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:07:51 PM
Thanks for the info on Aluminum. I appreciate it, and the more we know about the research the better.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:37:32 PM

the same thought has crossed my mind and that of my siblings, due to our family history. My biggest fear is having it start before I get my kids raised and on their own.
Awww! (((hugs)))


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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:11:05 PM
My mil had ALS and her sister-in-law had Alzheimer's. After watching what they went through, I don't know which one would be worse. My poor sweet mil was a mind trapped in a body that did not work. That would be torture for me.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:31:25 PM
My mum is currently going downhill very quickly with Alzheimer's and her mother also had dementia. It does worry me greatly, because as someone else expressed, who wants to be a burden on their family?

Every illness my parents have, I have developed at an earlier age ( arthritis, bowel disease, osteoporosis Meniere's disease and cataracts. My sister is disgustingly healthy and I think it will be me that gets Alheimers if either of us does.

Meanwhile I have also had colon cancer and my daughter seems to be taking after me, health wise


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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:36:54 PM
I keep hearing about how just 2 TBS a day of coconut oil a day improves all kinds of things and one of them was Alzheimer's. I'm going to start taking it more regularly.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:50:19 PM
Coconut oil, huh? Well, I have some and don't use it on my face, and we don't cook with it. so I might as well take it by the spoonful. Or maybe put it on my popcorn if 'eating' it doesn't work.

My family has not had Alzheimers that I know of. My mother, at 92, was still sharp and while my dad died at 71, he was ok mentally. Mother had a stroke and dad had cancer. Still, I worry that it will find me.

DH's family is not so lucky. His dad had it and one of his sisters. DH is 70 and I'm watching him closely. I'm sure it is a great worry to him too.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:33:53 PM
My FIL has Alzheimers. He was a world class athlete, competed in x-country skiing at the Master's level, coached college teams, taught health at his local community college, etc. Very healthy lifestyle.

He had a heart attack while competing individually in the Pole, Peddle, Paddle in Bend, OR and continued the race! He casually mentioned, after the race, to my MIL that he passed out during the race, got up and finished!! My mother in law took him to the hospital and it was discovered his heart was only operating at 30% so he had to have heart surgery. He was 78 years old at the time.

I am CONVINCED his Alzheimers was triggerd by the surgery!!

This is completely anecdotal but I have several friends whose parents also developed Alzheimers after undergoing surgery at an advanced age. I have a theory the anasthesia does something to the brain of older people.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:06:32 PM
I also heard about blueberry's that help. Here is just one article.

Blueberries

I knew the moment I saw my Grandma trying to "drink" milk with a fork, I realized how remembering motor skills work, showed me how far it gotten and a glimps at my own future. She did live to 90 though.

Thanks for posting this it is a concern. When my dh keeps saying he told me something, when I was sure he didn't it makes me wonder (after he brings in witness and testimony).

I also believe (and maybe nieve) that when I only slept 15 minutes every day for 2 weeks twice a year, it did something too. I know make sure I get at least 8 hours (averages to 5 hours though by years end). I do in the end get nervous when ever I hear the words "Dementia" (my Mom) or Alzheimer's (Grandma from Dad's side).

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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:16:22 PM
I feel a bit of panic anytime I forget something, like where I parked the car, or where I've hidden something away.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:52:34 PM
It is scary, especially when you meet someone for the first time who has it. I met my aunt after not seeing her for years, at a memorial service last week. She was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's and knew who me and my mom were for a little while, and showed us pictures of other family members and told us where they were taken. And then in a blink she walked away came back and didn't know who we were. But yet she remembered talking to us.

I worry about the genetic component.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:30:07 AM

I'd like to know how Alzheimer's is affecting other countries.
The number of people with dementia is increasing in Norway, but the reason is thought to be that the population is getting older. The more elderly people a population has, the more dementia you will see.

But it seems to be a more complex issue than just age. Statistically, people with higher education is less likely to develop dementia. Why is that? Is it genetics? Do they live a healthier life, or maybe they exercise their brain more during their life?

My Grandmother withered away for 20 years from dementia, before dying at the age of 92. That is NOT a fate I want to share with her. I'm the last family member who was lucky to know how she was when she was well. My younger brother can only remember her sick years

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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:20:18 AM
My father and his father both died with Alzheimer's Disease. My father was 59 when he died, and had been unable to speak or do much of anything for himself for years before his death. I do not worry about much in this life, but I absolutely panic when I can't remember a word, or someone's name or what I was just about to say. It's an absolutely horrific disease and I do not want to suffer it. My most real fear!


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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:49:02 AM
It seems to be a deep fear and worry for so many to lose yourself or a loved one to dementia or Alzheimer's. I know I feel bad because one of the first selfish thoughts I had when FIL was diagnosed was "how will I handle it of dh gets it?" And then a piercing fear for my own children.


This is completely anecdotal but I have several friends whose parents also developed Alzheimers after undergoing surgery at an advanced age. I have a theory the anasthesia does something to the brain of older people.
My FIL had a quadruple bypass and then was diagnosed several months after that. We also heard that Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes had the same experience. Instead of considering anesthesia though, it could be related to material breaking loose during surgery and traveling to the brain. All this has been relayed to me by MIL though, so I'm not sure how solid the info is.


Ciao,
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