Marcel’s Story!

Julie is Marcel’s new-found friend. Interestingly, Julie’s daughter, Anna, decided to check Marcel out. One day, Anna called Marcel and asked him to meet her in the common room downstairs. Anna wanted to know all there was to know about Marcel.

Marcel had previously prepared his resume in order to obtain a good place to live in Williamsburg, so Marcel smiled at Anna and presented his profile:

Marcel Wade, Ph.D., is a retired corporate research scientist and an octogenarian Asian American. Marcel’s experience in the West commenced about 60 years ago as an international student at a Canadian University. He completed his doctorate in biomedical science. During his stay in Canada, Marcel fell in love with Sonia, an Asian-Western woman who was also a graduate student. They got married and had a beautiful daughter named Abigail. Marcel moved back to his native state, Jammu, and Kashmir, in India. Due to political turmoil in the country, Marcel and his family transferred to the United States about 50 years ago. Following an initial struggle, Marcel found a position as a research scientist with a food company in New York; he worked there while living with his family in Westchester County, New York. After retirement, Marcel and his wife moved to Maui, Hawaii, while their daughter continued her studies at Columbia University. Abigail became a doctor and is currently a practicing physician in Hawaii. Her husband, John, is also a doctor, and they live on the main island of Hawaii. Marcel’s wife, Sonia, left Marcel to be with an artist; she said goodbye to Marcel and got married. Marcel then left Maui and settled in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Marcel voluntarily showed Anna the report he had received from one of the neurological psychologists who had tested him for many psycho-neurological abnormalities, including behavior. One sentence in this report stated, “Marcel is a good man.” Since Marcel wanted to be Julie’s friend and knew that Anna took care of her mother, he felt that Anna had the right to know all about him. Marcel did not mind this as he has nothing to hide. Marcel considers himself to be a high-quality person. Anna was happy to find out that her mother has a good friend. Julie can take care of herself only up to a certain point and therefore has a companion service dog.

 

The world is full of good people. You have to find one.

Marcel found one. Julie is one of them.

Selina’s student at art school, Julie, is Marcel’s new found friend. Julie lives nearby in Commonwealth Senior Living in Williamsburg. There is a good bus service between the two places where Julie and Marcel live. Marcel and Julie meet often. They both like to talk.  At times it is very difficult for Marcel to continue the conversation but Marcel is also a good listener.

Julie is different in many ways. Julie is an enthusiastic person. At times she is dominating talker and aggressive She seems to know lot about life. She knows everything. Always ready to help. Julie has a wonderful memory. She describes things as if like a photographic memory. Her memories about her parent’s last few years must have been heart breaking. Whenever she talks about it, she almost breaks down. Alzheimer’s takes toll on its caregivers.

Sometime, Marcel complains about too many things about his life. He found Julie has the patience for it. Marcel does not know much about Alzheimer’s. He has Alzheimer’s and has many unanswered questions for his well-beings. Nobody seems to care. Marcel wonders whether Julie would have any answer for him.

Julie got interested in caring people with Alzheimer’s, as her both parents had Alzheimer’s, and she cared for them till the end.

Julie asked Marcel straight out: “What’s bothering you? I happened to know you a little bit from Selina. So, to save both of our time, please get straight to the point.” Marcel knew Julie is smart.

Julie asked Marcel, “When, exactly, did you or your doctors suspected know about your possible dementia? Was it right after his mini-stroke suffered more than five years ago? Or was it just a recent observation and diagnosis by a neurologist?”

It is difficult for Marcel, but he thought to himself that he is going to give it a try. Marcel explained to Julie his health situation.

After much thought, Marcel answered: “It is both. After the stroke, one doctor only mentioned the word dementia. He did not do anything about it, nor the doctor explained anything to me. A couple of years later, when I started getting bothered by memory loss, my doctor referred Marcel to a neurologist, and it took about six months for the neurologist to diagnose and start Marcel with a new medication for Alzheimer’s.”

Marcel began to feel a little better. Marcel started to read and write. Julie knew that her parents time these medications were not available.

Marcel feels that his expectations for himself and for others are high and demanding.

Marcel demands it of himself and the people around him, ended up: nobody likes him anymore.

 

Mixed Reality

I live in a mixed reality. My time and mind are engaged with my purpose in my life—the rest of it. I spend a good part of my day, reading and writing. What I do, I feel is very hard to do, yet continue to do it with pleasure (if I can feel it). I do it because I want to do it. There are millions in the world are in the same predicament. I want them to know that you can live a normal life. My next book is about that. I am working.

My emotional part of the memory is gone. It is a different feeling. You exist in a vacuum. Like, I know somebody for fifteen years, all the memories are not erased, may be only part of it. The emotional feeling has been erased. I am still a part of the world, but, in reality, I feel I am gone to a different world. I am all alone. Even at home, I live alone in my mind.

I read about ‘brain science.’ The knowledge of memory functions is new. The authors are telling me that it is only last twenty years, the science of mind is revealing. We are in a new realization phase. We are living longer. New brain cells are possible. Neuron firing and new connections have been evidenced. You can live well at old age. Can be different.

Dementia: A Public Health Priority:

November is our National Alzheimer’s Disease Month.

First, what is Alzheimer’s disease? Dr. Alois Alzheimer was the first to describe this condition as a “peculiar disease” and hence the name Alzheimer was given. It affects the brain of a person, and as it progresses, the proteins in the brain of the individual begin to accumulate and form tangles. The tangles disrupt the connection of two nerve cells and die causing the brain tissue is damaged. When this happens, one will find it difficult to learn something new. At the early stage, it will attack the part of the brain which is called hippocampus. The primary role of the hippocampus is in remembering activities that happen in our daily lives. Now when it gets damaged, we tend to forget things. At the early stages, one won’t have loss of memory that happens a long time ago.

My suggestion would be to get involved this month and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. It was President Ronald Reagan who designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

Saffron

Saffron

Saffron enhances the production of the feel-good hormone serotonin in the brain. Saffron has two potent antioxidants, namely crocetin and crocin, which helps to boost memory. Consuming Saffron regularly used may protect the CNS or central nervous system from oxidative abnormalities. Use of saffron in your diet may reduce the progression of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Tom’s Girl Selina

Tom’s girl Selina has her whole family, five generations, living together and loving each other. Her family is a mix of many cultures. Despite her illness, she has managed to challenge herself to become an artist after the age 80. Those who already have Alzheimer’s disease, many may act differently than others. They need to be continually reminded that their existence makes a meaningful difference in the lives of others. I began to study the magic of preventing the horrible disease early. Ultimately, it may haunt any or all of us. Many scientists are working on this. Here, continuing this BLOG I will update as best as I could, the current knowledge how to defeat the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias.