Thursday, April 19, 2012

Alzheimer’s disease

Are your loved ones suffering in the disease that is common in ages 65 years old and above?  A disease that made our senior citizens becomes forgetful over many things. A serious illness that couldn’t be countered and have no current cure. Does grannie already lost most of her treasured memories and showed signs of aging that later you found out an Alzheimer’s?  What will you do? How will you react on this?

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which can include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer's disease (source:  Alzheimer’s Society).

When my father’s mother was still alive, at her mid 80’s my brother witnessed her signs of Alzheimer's at her innocence complex.  In the middle of the night, when everyone were almost snoozing my grandma got up from bed and slowly walked towards the place of the refrigerator. What she did was, she kept the refrigerator’s door opened for a seconds and closed it again and did it repeatedly and finally ate uncooked hotdogs.

Another signs of Alzheimer’s was when she escaped from the care of my Aunt and took a Tricycle heading somewhere. The driver asked her but she wasn’t able to tell where she was going. End result, the young driver were scolded by my Aunt and said to the driver, “Hindi mo ba alam ulyanin na ang inang ko?” (Don’t you know my mother have an Alzheimer’s?)

If you have the same experience with your family member, as early stage of Alzheimer’s disease do something and act. There are many available studies regarding proper handling and dealing with persons who have Alzheimer’s that can be browse in the Internet.

You may also join the Open Forum about Alzheimer’s disease to be held on April 20, 2012, Friday at Clinica Manila located at 2/F SM Megamall Building A. With a Special Guest Speaker Dr. Maurice Sanosa.  For additional information you may Contact Ms. April Joyce Sancez of Marketing Department at Tel: 6353877 to 80 local 109. There will be Free Snacks, Free Multivitamins and Free Memory Screening.

Remember don’t ignore signs. The family has to cope and be aware to help the Alzheimer's manageable. 

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
                                       Psalm 92:14

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