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 me 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.

He 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.

Five Generations Living Under one Roof

 

A Story of a Happy Family:

A conversation took place between family members from two of the five generations that lived under one roof Tom, a three-year-old boy, and his mother Carol, a 28-year-old physician.

Tom looked at his four-month-old sister who was naked and getting her diaper changed. “What’s that?” he asked his mom, pointing at his sister’s private part.

Carol just answered, “She is a girl.”

“Do all girls have that?” Tom asked.

“Yes.”

Tom asked his mother, “Are you a girl?”

Carol was rushing to go to work and left without answering. Tom’s Grandma Bella and his Grandfather David had already left earlier in the day to take care of their business, which was a short walk from home. Tom’s Great Grandma Adia stayed in the house to babysit the two kids and to look after the kids’ Great-Great Grandma Selina. Selina was eighty-six years old and had mild Alzheimer’s disease. Tom’s Great-Great Grandpa had passed away a few years ago.

Tom, since he had only been in this world for three years, did not yet understand the facts of life. He was determined to understand the world. Although he was very smart, he did not ask anybody else in the house his questions. He waited for his mother.

At dinner that night, all the members in the house were at one table. Carol seemed somber and was mentally getting ready for Tom and his questions. She knew Tom very well.

Tom finally asked his mom, “Are you a girl?”

Before she could open her mouth, her mother Bella answered.

“Of course, she is a girl. She is my girl. Why do you ask?”

Tom was not intimidated at all and turned toward Bella to ask her the same question: “Are you a girl? Who is my girl?”

They all looked at each other. Tom wanted an answer.

Surprisingly, Selina spoke out first and said, “Tom, I am your girl. I don’t remember anything, Tom, and I don’t know anything. I wish I could answer you more.”

Everyone got up from their chairs, went to Selina, and kissed her. They were all happy.

What a happy family together five generations under one roof. Lucky for

Selfna that her Great Granddaughter is a physician and Selina lives with her.

Everybody loved
Selina.